Brooklyn based bassist, composer, and vocalist Emma Dayhuff was motivated to pursue the bass after being told she was too small to play the instrument, and was later inspired to study jazz after seeing Joey DeFrancesco perform in her hometown of Bozeman, Montana.  In 2005, she was awarded the Dean’s scholarship to attend the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  Her mentors have included Peter Dominguez, Eddie Gomez, Vincent Davis, and Gerald Cannon.  After graduating from Oberlin, she moved to Chicago where she was immersed in the city’s eclectic music scene initially as the recording engineer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, then as a bassist.  She recently performed at the 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival with the band “Generations” led by keyboardist, composer, and longtime Miles Davis collaborator Robert Irving III.  She has also recorded with and/or shared the stage with Victor Goines, Joel Frahm, Benito Gonzales, Helen Sung, Grammy-nominated singer songwriter Matthew Santos, Rajiv Halim, Kahil El Zabar, Jumaane Taylor, Larry Brown Jr., and Don Stiernberg among many others.  Emma was honored last winter to be one of five musicians named as a 2015 Chicago Luminarts Foundation Jazz Fellow.  

In January of 2016, she traveled to Havana, Cuba with the Victor Goines Sextet to teach through the nonprofit Horns for Havana.  Inspired by the time the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra spent in Havana in 2013, the Horns Project has provided instruments to under equipped music schools, has established an instrument repair shop in the city, and is committed to continuing jazz education and cultural exchange.  In April 2016, the big band from La Escuela National de l”Arte performed at Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center in downtown New York City.  They destroyed it!