About

Fareed Simpson-Hankins is a trumpet player, composer, educator and bandleader from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His playing is inspired by the sound of Miles Davis, the technical virtuosity of Dizzy Gillespie, the soulfulness of Lee Morgan, the confidence of Freddie Hubbard, and the joy and spirit of Louis Armstrong.

He first picked up the trumpet at eight years old. As a youth, he studied music at the Mount Airy Cultural Center jazz program, and graduated from Central High School. He played at local venues at a young age with the Developing Excellence.Inc and was mentored by Byard Lancaster. He acquired a love for music as a child when his parents practiced and brought him to their performances. He also learned from playing spirituals and gospel music in the church he grew up in, Shiloh Temple Church of God in Christ. He would then go on to attend Temple University, where he had the opportunity to study with some of the finest trumpet players and veteran jazz musicians.

Recently, he has been seen on PBS, heard on WRTI 90.1, and has produced The Second Line Bebop Series, a web series on YouTube. He’s performed at the 2017 Jazz is Back festival in Grožnjan, Croatia, and at the 2016 North Sea Jazz Festival, in Rotterdam. He also won an outstanding soloist award at the 2020 Jack Rudin Jazz Championship, hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center. He now leads his own quintet and co-leads Brothers.Ink with his brother. In 2019, he was featured on Temple University’s Constant Renaissance, which was Nominated for a GRAMMY. His mission is to have an impactful career as a musician and join the long lineage of great trumpet players by performing for various audiences and connecting people of different backgrounds.