Emma Aboukasm

Jazz & Contemporary Vocalist


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

Emma Lee co-produced her debut album Rise To It(under the alias, Emmalee) with Scott Gwinnell, featuring Gwinnell on piano, Marion Hayden on bass, Sean Dobbins on drums and Tristan Cappel on alto sax. The album features classic jazz standards and original compositions by Emma. You can stream the album in the music section below.

Aboukasm won the Youth Vocal Jazz Competition in Detroit in 2014. In 2015, she made the top 5 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, collaborating with a variety of musical projects from the National Arab Orchestra to the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, Craig Strain Orchestra and numerous smaller groups. She continues to write original compositions and arrange new versions of old songs, offering a new sound to listeners from all walks of life.

Upcoming 2023-24 Performances

Wednesday, February 14th, 6pm
Valentine's Day Special
With Eli Bucheit
Brine Oyster House
15033 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Friday, February 23rd, 6:30pm
With Scott Gwinnell and David Zwolinski
Brine Oyster House
15033 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Sunday, February 25th, 7pm
With Craig Strain Orchestra
Italian American Club of Livonia
39200 Five Mile Rd, Livonia, MI

Tuesday, March 5th, 8pm
With Scott Gwinnell Orchestra
Aretha's Jazz Cafe
350 Madison St, Detroit, MI

Tuesday, April 2nd, 8pm
With Scott Gwinnell Orchestra
Aretha's Jazz Cafe
350 Madison St, Detroit, MI

Saturday, April 13th, 1pm
Emma Aboukasm Trio Feat. Steve Wood
Shields Pizza
25101 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI

Stream Emma's Music on Spotify!

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" - Music and Lyrics by Emma Aboukasm.
Alexsis Lombre, piano; Mike Perlman, bass; David Alvarez, drums.
March 29th, 2016. Duderstadt Audio Studio, University of Michigan.

"Multi-Colored Blue" - Something To Love For, Detroit Jazz Festival 2020
Jannelle Reichman, Tenor Sax; Scott Gwinnell, piano;
Rob Bickley, bass; Pete Siers, drums

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