Bassist Nick Panoutsos has become an increasingly prominent voice in the New York City jazz community with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the last three years, he has performed in the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest in addition to several local venues on both coasts, such as Greenwich Village's Bar Next Door and San Francisco's Club Deluxe. He recently recorded a collection of original music with his quartet, and continues to compose on a regular basis.
Originally from San José, California, Nick divides his time between the Bay Area and New York, where he is pursuing a degree in Jazz Studies at New York University. His freelance work involves performing, composing, and recording on both coasts. Throughout his time in New York, Nick has collaborated with Queens-based singer songwriter duendita and studied with renowned drummer Lenny White. He also performs in the rock trio Octopus, in which he plays electric bass. From January to May of 2018, Nick studied in Paris, where he played with up-and-coming local musicians and performed at the renowned club Duc Des Lombards alongside Parisian pianist Sébastien Paindestre. Nick has also performed alongside notable Bay Area musicians Steven Lugerner and Richard Sears. In addition to his work as a freelance performer, Nick teaches private lessons on both upright and electric bass.
Photography by Katie McGowan