Dr. Sean Peterson is a bassist and composer based in Eugene, Oregon. He performs in numerous genres, including Jazz, Baroque, Funk, and Salsa. In 2015 he released his first album as a leader, "Let It Show," which he composed, arranged, recorded and mixed. In 2014 Sean received his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. He performs regularly with Halie Loren, Laura Kemp, Torrey Newhart, Carl Woideck and Oregon Bach Collegium. Previously he has performed with Cascadia Chamber Opera, Tony Glausi, Eleven Eyes, Taarka, Beta Collide, The Oregon Jazz Ensemble, Oregon Composers’ Big Band, and The Harry James Orchestra. Sean does it for the love.
Sean holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Oregon. In his dissertation, entitled "Something Real: Rap, Resistance, and the Music of the Soulquarians,” he reads the work of a loose collective of hip hop and R&B producers known as The Soulquarians as a musical discourse of opposition to dominant trends in commercial rap of the late 1990s and early 2000s. He has presented papers on singer and composer Erykah Badu, hip hop producer J Dilla, and hip hop band The Roots at regional and national academic conferences. His other projects involve research on intersections and influence between jazz and hip hop music, dynamics of live instrumentation and music technology, rhetorical analyses of jazz performances, and hip hop in musical theater. Sean has taught University classes on Blues History, Rock History, and Hip Hop History, and is the founder (and for three years, coach) of the University of Oregon Hip Hop Ensemble, a for-credit band which composes, arranges, and performs hip hop music.