Arthur R. LaBrew (1930–2015), a music scholar, was born in Detroit and studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he graduated in 1952 with a major in piano. He then studied under the noted Renaissance expert, Gustave Reese, at the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 1955 with a major in musicology. He pursued further music study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Upon returning to Detroit, he became a teacher at the Detroit Settlement Music School and Wayne County Community College. He began a serious study of musicians of color throughout the world, including Elizabeth T. Greenfield and Francis Johnson. His most recent work is titled International Dictionary of Musicians of Color: From Antiquity to the End of the 20th Century.