Jazz & Contemporary Vocalist


Emma Lee Aboukasm is an award-winning, Detroit-based recording artist, vocalist, pianist, and composer. Educated in classical and jazz music at the University of Michigan, she is now performing in a variety of venues, ranging from intimate venues like the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe to the Detroit Jazz Festival. Emma Lee is on the vanguard of contemporary music in the heart of metro-Detroit.

Recently, Emma Lee co-produced her debut album Rise To It with Scott Gwinnell, featuring Scott Gwinnell on piano, Marion Hayden on bass, Sean Dobbins on drums and Tristan Cappel on alto sax. The album contains jazz standards and original compositions by Emma Lee.

Aboukasm won the Youth Vocal Jazz Competition in Detroit in 2014. In 2015, she made the top five finalists out of 2,000 applications worldwide in the International Sarah Vaughan Vocal Jazz Competition. There, she performed for a panel of judges including Christian McBride and Cyrille Aimée and played tracks from her CD on WBGO radio in Newark, NJ.

Currently, Emma Lee Aboukasm resides in Southeast Michigan as she completes her bachelor degrees in Jazz Studies and Science in Information Analysis at the University of Michigan. She continues to write and arrange music for a new project to be announced soon.

News & Upcoming Performances

Sunday, December 16th, 6pm
With Scott Gwinnell
The Agitated Grape
310 N Main St, Davison, MI

Wednesday, December 19th, 6pm
With Scott Gwinnell
Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel
27790 Novi Rd, Novi, MI

Monday, December 31st NEW YEARS EVE!, 7pm
With Scott Gwinnell & Andy Peck
Caucus Club Detroit
150 W Congress St, Detroit, MI

Wednesday, January 16th, 6:30pm
With Scott Gwinnell & Andy Peck
Southfield Library
26300 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI

Saturday, February 2nd, 1pm
With Craig Strain Orchestra
Southfield Library
26300 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI

Download Emma Lee's latest release on iTunes!

Rise To It, released September 2016, features Detroit's best musicians

Emma Lee - voice, piano, co-producer

Scott Gwinnell - piano, co-producer

Marion Hayden - bass

Sean Dobbins - drums

Tristan Cappel - Alto Sax

"Love I Feel", words & music by Emmalee, recorded April 2016

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