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 everywhere, including intimate venues like the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe to expansive ones like the Detroit Jazz Festival. Emmalee 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, feat. 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 Emmalee.

Aboukasm won the Youth Vocal Jazz competition in Detroit, MI in 2014. In 2015, she made it to the top 5 finalists out of 2,000 applications worldwide in the International Sarah Vaughan Vocal Jazz Competition. She performed for a panel of 5 judges including Christian McBride and Cyrille Aimée and played music from her CD on WBGO radio in Newark, NJ.

News & Upcoming Performances

Friday, April 13th, 7pm
With Sam Ross
@ Belle Isle Boat House
Special Event with the GPS Choir Boosters
For tickets go to Grosse Pointe South Choir Website

Saturday, April 14th, 7pm
With Mike Jellick & Sam Copperman
@ The London Chop House
155 W Congress, Detroit, MI

Saturday, April 21st, 7pm
With Alex Anest
@ Ann Arbor Distilling Co.
220 Felch St, Ann Arbor, MI

Saturday, April 29th - May 5th
On tour with the Michigan Jazz Ensemble!

Wednesday, May 9th, 7pm
With Cliff Monear Trio
@ The Steinway Gallery
2700 E West Maple Rd, Commerce Charter Twp, MI

Thursday, May 17th, 7pm
With Jerry McKenzie Trio
@ Nikolas
25225 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI

Saturday, May 26th, 1pm
With Craig Strain Orchestra
@ Shields
25101 Telegraph 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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