Sean Lorre

Sean Lorre is a part-time lecturer and course author for Arts Online. His courses include Jazz and Black Music Appreciation Online and History of Rock 'n' Roll Online. Lorre holds a MA in jazz history and research from Rutgers University-Newark, a BA in music from Syracuse University, and has studied jazz performance (double bass) at New Jersey City University. Lorre is currently a PhD candidate in musicology at McGill University. His dissertation is a cross-genre investigation of black music revivals in Britain between 1951–1964 that addresses issues of racial representation, blackness, identity, politics, and mediation in the appropriation of “traditional” jazz, blues, R&B, and ska.

His publications include "Constructing Robert Johnson" in the graduate journal Musicological Explorations as well as contributions to the Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition; Music in American Life: an Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture; and's Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. He has presented his research at the annual conferences of the US and Canada branches of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music as well as at the Institute for Jazz Studies Research Roundtable.

  • Expertise

    Jazz and Popular Music