Philly native Fareed Simpson Hankins is a musician, educator, and recording artist. He first picked up the trumpet at eight years old. His first teacher was Kathy Kilpatrick. He grew up learning in the Philadelphia School District and studied music at the Tony Williams MACC jazz program. Instantly, he began to practice and enjoyed getting better. He would mentor under Byard Lancaster, and play at local venues with the Developing Excellence community service organization.
Once in middle school, Fareed began studying at the Temple University Community Music Scholars Program, where he would study for the next ten years under Najib Wong and Mike Franchetti. While studying at the CMSP program, he began playing in Jason Omara’s jazz orchestra, where he would eventually play lead trumpet, and win best trumpet section and other awards at local and regional high school competitions. He remained in the orchestra until he graduated. In elementary school, he began playing in the Philadelphia All City middle school music program, where he would continue to play for seven years, in to the high school program.
An academic scholar at Central High School, Fareed was lead trumpet and section leader in his high school orchestras and jazz bands. Along with all city, he played in district band and orchestra, regional band and orchestra, and the Pennsylvania all state jazz band. In Fareed’s final year of attending Central, he was offered admission into Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. There, he studied under Terell Stafford, Nick Marchione and Tanya Darby. He plays lead trumpet in the Temple University Jazz Band, directed by Stafford. Fareed is currently pursuing a masters degree in Jazz Performance at Temple University, where he studies with Tim Warfield.
More recently, he has been seen on PBS and heard on WRTI 90.1. He leads the Fareed Simpson Quartet, and co-leads Brothers.Ink with his brother Kynoebi. He also regularly performs with big bands, small groups and salsa bands. He has had the opportunity to perform with world renowned musicians, such as Bootsy Collins, Branford Marsalis, Bernard Purdie, Tony Vega, and Randy Brecker. He has performed at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in NYC, The 2017 Jazz is Back festival in Grožnjan, Croatia; The 2018 AtoJazz festival in Sofia, Bulgaria; and at the 2016 North Sea Jazz Festival, in Rotterdam. He is also a regular teaching artist at the Kimmel Center in the jazz department.
His goal is to have a successful career as a musician and join the long lineage of great trumpet players by performing for various audiences and connecting people of different backgrounds.