Brooklyn based bassist, composer, and vocalist Emma Dayhuff was spurred 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 “Generations” led by keyboardist, composer, and longtime Miles Davis collaborator Robert Irving III.  She has also recorded and shared the stage with Grammy-nominated singer songwriter Matthew Santos, saxophonists Rajiv Halim, Frank Catalano, and Ernest Dawkins, Larry Brown Jr., Jimmy Chamberlain, and Don Stiernberg among many others.  Emma was honored last year to be one of five musicians named as a 2015 Chicago Luminarts Foundation Jazz Fellow.