Reader Spotlight: Nikos Chatzitsakos

Nikos Chatzitsakos

Meet Nikos Chatzitsakos, a bassist originally from Athens who now resides in NYC. Nikos is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next). Here’s his story…


Born in Athens, Greece, bassist, arranger, and composer Nikos Chatzitsakos is an award-winning musician as a member of Ralph Peterson’s GenNext Big Band and leader of the Nikos Chatzitsakos Tiny Big Band. Nikos has performed alongside distinguished musicians such as Frank Lacy, Antonio Hart, Stacy Dillard, Quiana Lynell, Lalah Hathaway, Sarah Reich, and George Kontrafouris.


New York, NY, USA

Years experience:

11 years.

Why I play the bass:

The role the instrument has in a band.


  • Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Amp
  • Aguilar SL 112 1×12 Bass Speaker Cabinet
  • Pickup Fishman Full Circle
  • Strings: Pirastro Evah Pirazzi, D’addario Zyex and Helicores

My Influences:

Sam Jones, Ron Carter, Buster Williams, and Bob Cranshaw.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

Having good relationships with drummers.

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