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

Saturday, July 7th, 8pm
With Emma Lee Aboukasm Trio
@ Fillipa's
45125 Mound Rd, Shelby Township, MI

Friday, July 13th, 7pm
With Rich Micheals Trio
@ Joe's Top Dog
13342 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI

Saturday, July 14th, 7pm
Band TBA
@ London Chop House
155 W Congress, Detroit, MI

Sunday, July 15th
With Jerry McKenzie & CSO
@ Michigan Jazz Festival
18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI
See schedule for details

Thursday, July 26th, 6pm
With Terri Lower Trio
@ Clara's On the River
44 McCamly St N
Battle Creek, MI

Saturday, July 14th, 7pm
Band TBA
@ London Chop House
155 W Congress, Detroit, MI

Wednesday, August 22nd, 8pm
With Alex Anest & Eric Nachtrab
@ Old Town
122 West Liberty St
Ann Arbor, 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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