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Chicago Jazz Artist Wins Big at
2017 IMC Awards in Hollywood

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April 23, 2017 Hollywood, CA – Some of the best independent singers and bands from around the world graced the red carpet at the 2017 Indie Music Channel Awards in Hollywood, and among those recognized was Sam Hankins of Olympia Fields, who won numerous awards, including Best Male R&B Artist, Best Live Jazz Performance, Recording of the Year, Demo of the Year and more. “I’m very excited and honored to receive these awards.  It is always great to be recognized for your music and I just feel very grateful to be acknowledged.”

The Indie Music Channel Awards is a prestigious annual event where the best independent singers and bands from around the world of all genres of music, including Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, Classical, R&B, Christian Contemporary and more, are recognized for their outstanding achievement.  This year the popular awards show was held at the iconic Troubadour, where some of the biggest names in the history of music have performed.

Hankins, who has performed with some of the greats, including Aretha Franklin, the late Al Jarreau and many others, is currently performing at various venues across the country.  He is also hard at work in the studio recording tracks for his next CD.

For more on Sam Hankins, visit his website,

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Editor’s Note:

To interview Mr. Hankins, contact (503) 428-7150
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GHP Radio “TILS” features Trumpeter Sam Hankins March 10th, 2016 (part 1)

GHP Radio “TILS” features Trumpeter Sam Hankins March 10th, 2016 (part 2)


Listen to Sam’s interview with Joe Carroccio on 11Radio, click here:

Sam Hankins radio interview on GHP with Gary Fuston, click here:

Listen To Sam’s interview with Carlo Carandente on Radio Ride the Wave, click here:

Listen to Sam’s interview with Coffee Talk Jazz Radio, click here:


“If there is any drawback to being a successful and busy school bandleader and sideman, it’s not having enough time to let the simmering inner artist out. Though these other demands and commitments ensured that Sam Hankins would take a while to find his voice as a solo artist, the good news is that he’s drawing on a lot of diverse life and musical experiences as he emerges as a visionary trumpeter and composer. One of the most dynamic and powerful indie breakout releases of the year, Nothing Between Us keeps Hankins’ dazzling, inventive and super melodic trumpet front and center while the grooves and textures takes the listener in a whirlwind back to the ultra cool 70s and 80s via retro textures and back into the cutting edge of the present day. Although making a solo album was on Hankins’ bucket list for a long time, he guarantees that it’s more than just a brilliant one off; rather, it’s the start of a new phase of his career at center stage that we can all enjoy and groove along to. A truly remarkable album from an artist of seemingly unlimited imagination!” – Jonathan Widran

“Sam Hankins is a brilliant trumpeter who stretches himself within the genre of smooth jazz. His tone sometimes hints at Chuck Mangione while his solos are generally more explorative than that of Chris Botti and Rick Braun, even when he caresses melodies. On his latest CD, Nothing Between Us, Hankins plays all of the instruments in most cases, including several brass instruments, keyboards and percussion, taking an effective vocal on the love song “I Can Be.” Throughout the project, Hankins displays the influences of R&B and funky jazz. He has a knack for coming up with memorable and catchy riffs and, like the late Grover Washington Jr, he is capable of playing lengthy solos over fairly simple backgrounds that never lose one’s interest. His ten originals each have their moments. “Nothing Between Us” features some powerful trumpet playing. “See Me” finds Hankins playing muted a la Miles Davis while the ensembles build in density and intensity. One can imagine the rhythmic piece “Reach For Me” being sung someday. “Give It A Try” and “You Should Have” in particularly features Sam Hankins at his best, showing a lot of personality, color and wit in his solos while carving out his own place in contemporary jazz. — Scott Yanow, author of The Jazz Singers, The Great Jazz Guitarists, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76