Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Fareed Simpson-Hankins first picked up the trumpet at eight years old. Born in Philadelphia and a graduate of Central High School, he grew up learning in the Philadelphia School District and studied music at the Tony Williams Mount Airy Cultural Center jazz program. Mentored by Byard Lancaster, he would play at local venues at a young age with the Developing Excellence organization.
He acquired a love for music when he was a child, and his parents would practice and bring him to restaurants where they would perform. He also learned from playing in the church he grew up in, Shiloh Temple, where he played spirituals and gospel music. Recently, he has been seen on PBS and heard on WRTI 90.1. He’s performed at local Philadelphia venues, The 2017 Jazz is Back festival in Grožnjan, Croatia, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and at the 2016 North Sea Jazz Festival, in Rotterdam.