{Behind The Music} Sam Hankins on Do That Thang

My maternal great grandmother was a full Apache. My paternal great grandmother sang in church and gospel choirs and it is from her that our family got our musical talent. It was a great honor for me to compose this piece.

Listen to the live interview Episode #493: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://tobtr.com/10123237

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW SAM HANKINS
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio


Song name: Do That Thang, Dream Catcher, Smooth Breeze and There For You

Music Genre: Smooth Jazz, R&B and Latin
The title track is about living life the way you want to. To enjoy it to the fullest and not worry about what others think. Living your life and “doing that thang” to make you happy. It features a rap artist from DC, Julz P, whom I had the privilege of working with.

On Dream Catcher I am paying homage to my Native American roots. My maternal great grandmother was a full Apache. My paternal great grandmother sang in church and gospel choirs and it is from her that our family got our musical talent. It was a great honor for me to compose this piece.

A very good friend of mine from Chicago, Audley Reid, a very talented musician is laying down the smooth sax sounds on this song. As the song suggests, feeling that “Smooth Breeze” on your face as you relax & enjoy the sun on your face at the beach or in your back yard, hanging out with family & friends and listening to some smooth jazz by Sam Hankins.

On this song I would like to give a special shout out to my brother, Marcellus Hankins, who wrote the words to this song. He is music teacher, but also a musician and sings and plays the piano. I sent him the song and he was very excited to add the lyrics. A few other extremely talented musicians that I have had the honor and pleasure in working with on this CD are Chris Godber, Joel Del Rosario and Symon Ayandla who is from Nigeria.

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On this CD…
you will enjoy a variety of styles from smooth jazz, funk, R & B to a little Latin flair. This is to demonstrate my versatility in the music that I compose. On this album you will also hear the sounds of several extremely talented musicians from all over the US & Africa (Julz P from Baltimore on vocals; Audley Reid from Chicago on sax; Marcellus Hankins from Oklahoma City on vocals, Chris Godber from Florida on sax; Joel Del Rosario from San Francisco on guitar & Symon Ayandla from Nigeria on vocals. I am honored to have them on this CD and had a lot of fun working & collaborating with them. My next CD won’t be released before 2020 and it will again feature some collaborations with other musicians from smooth jazz to funk & R & B. There will be a little twist to it, that will keep my fans guessing, lol

I live in Chicago IL…
The music scene here in Chicago is very exciting and flourishing here from Blues, Rock, Jazz, Folk song and Latin.


Music business…
For an independent artist, it is a hard life & takes a lot of hard work, money and patience. You and your family have to sacrifice a lot of time and money to pursue your dream and very often, it does not always pay off. There are also a lot of people that will con you into paying them for a service they have no intention delivering as they know independent artists are desperate for the opportunity to promote their music. Others will offer you very little or no money to play at clubs, restaurants or festivals and offer you exposure or place to sell your merchandise in exchange.


I would love to have 5 minutes alone with….
To me, Mile Davis is a musical genius and I admire his playing and phrasing and he is one of the musicians that inspired me to keep playing the trumpet. There would be a few questions that I would ask him if I had the chance to speak to him.

1) How did he get started in the music business and what are the pitfalls to watch out for?
2) What was the best advice anyone ever gave him?
3) I would like to know what he thinks of the music industry today & the direction it is going in with live streaming, etc.
4) What would he have done differently, if he could give a young Mile Davis some advice today?
5) How does he see the future of jazz and what can we, as musicians & educators do to promote it amongst the youth of today, to keep jazz alive.

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