Bassist Emma Dayhuff has followed her musical curiosity to experiences beyond what her imagination could conjure growing up on Sourdough Canyon Road in Bozeman, Montana. She is the most recent bassist to graduate from the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance in Los Angeles and is the fifth woman to ever participate in the prestigious program. She has performed around the world including at the Newport Jazz Festival, the Sant’Anna Jazz Festival in Sardinia, and Dizzy’s Jazz Club in New York.
Upon graduation from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2009, she moved to Chicago where she spearheaded a local funk band, toured with a bluegrass band, worked in Chicago’s blues scene, and was embraced by Chicago’s avant garde jazz community through her mentors Vincent Davis and keyboardist, composer, and Miles Davis alum Robert Irving III. Emma’s training in European classical music led to work as the recording engineer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is the recording engineer for two releases by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: “Mason Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology” and “Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony”.
In 2015, curious about New York, Emma put her life in a trailer and drove 800 miles east. In NY, she studied with Gerald Cannon and Ron Carter and performed regularly with the Victor Goines Quartet. Emma has had opportunities to share the stage with Herbie Hancock, David Murray, Kahil El’Zabar, Jeff Parker, Dee Alexander, Robert Irving III, Isaiah Collier, Patricia Barber, Gretchen Parlato, Nicole Mitchell, and Willie Pickens. She has returned to Chicago to reconnect to the uniquely creative community that first helped her find her voice.