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

Saturday, December 2nd, 7pm
With Scott Gwinnell & Andy Peck
@ The London Chop House
155 W Congress St, Detroit, MI

Sunday, December 10th, 10am
With Sean Dobbins Trio
@ Ann Arbor Assembly of God
2455 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

Sunday, December 31st, 7pm
With Dave Tatrow Quintet
@ Shield's Pizza
25101 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI

Saturday, January 6th, 1pm
With Craig Strain Orchestra
@ Shield's Pizza
25101 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI

Sunday, January 7th, 7pm
With Scott Gwinnell, Jeff Pedraz & David Zwolinski
@ Cliff Bells
2030 Park Ave, Detroit, 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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