Jackie Pickett, baroque contrabass - biographer D. Antoinette Handy in her 1998 edition of Black Women in American Bands and
Orchestras describes bassist Jacqueline Pickett as "...a perfect example of a late
twentieth-century musician who is ready to move into the twenty-first century..." As the first
person to receive the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Double Bass from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Pickett works in a variety of settings as a performing artist. She is equally
at home in both written and oral traditions of musical performance as a symphony musician,
chamber musician (including "new" music), jazz musician, and educator. Her principal teachers
were noted jazz artist Richard Davis and New York Philharmonic bassist Homer Mensch. She has
a Master of Music Degree from Yale University.
Since 1988, she has been principal bassist of the Columbus, Georgia, Symphony Orchestra. Prior
to her position with the CSO, she played as a section bassist with the Detroit, Michigan and
Jacksonville, Florida Symphony Orchestras. During the summer months from 1982-1997, she
played with the Mineria Symphony in Mexico City.
As a chamber musician, Dr. Pickett performs with the Ritz Chamber Players (based in
Jacksonville, Florida) and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra in Nashville, Tennessee. She has
given solo double bass recitals in Johannesburg, South Africa and universities throughout the
United States. She is the bassist for jazz vocalist Johnnie Eason.
Dr. Pickett currently teaches on the faculties of Clayton College and State University and Georgia
State University. She also teaches classical double bass for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Talent Development Program.