Sean Lorre is an educator, researcher, writer, and bassist. Lorre holds an MA in jazz history and research from Rutgers University-Newark, a BA in music from Syracuse University, and studied jazz performance at New Jersey City University. Prior to joining the Arts Online faculty he taught undergraduate music courses at Rutgers-Newark. As a researcher, Lorre's interests and areas of study include the jazz bass tradition before bebop, rural blues, and the work of guitarist Marc Ribot. He has received multiple grants and awards for his contributions to these areas and has presented his research internationally. Lorre has also served as an editor in academic publishing houses, as a writer for state and national standardized assessments, as an environmental educator, and has contributed biographical profiles to the jazz.com Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. Lorre's performance activities have included numerous jazz, classical, folk, and experimental outlets. He recently returned to his roots as a bassist and occasional songwriter for the rock-blues band The Sharpe James, whose debut album, New Waterlands, was released in 2009.