Jackie Pickett

Dr. Jacqueline Pickett is Instructor of Double Bass at Agnes Scott College, where she teaches both classical and jazz applied double bass lessons and coordinates the double bass studio. She currently serves as Principal Bass with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Dr. Pickett has performed and recorded with the Ritz Chamber Players, Nashville Chamber Orchestra (Orchestra Nashville), Pauline Oliveros' New Circle Five, and Terry Riley's Khayal. She has given solo double bass recitals in Johannesburg, South Africa and universities throughout the United States. She continues to present solo double bass recitals themed on current social issues.

Dr. Pickett is the founder of Torch Academy, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization promoting formal music instruction and social empowerment for underserved/at-risk youth, and the Metro Atlanta Women's Jazz Society, an organization that offers big band and chamber ensembles dedicated to featuring women jazz artists. Dr. Pickett holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Double Bass Performance from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University.

Pickett-Williams Jazz Duo

Each performance with Penelope Williams and Jackie Pickett is engaging and memorable, bringing you into the heart and soul of jazz. The 60 + minute set includes classics from Ellington, Basie and Brubeck, with moments of Stevie Wonder, India Arie, Mingus and Monk to round out the night. There's always a chance you might be asked to request a favorite song, too! Previous members of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra at The Alliance Theatre (2014), this duo shared years on the road together touring Bar Harbor, Maine and the Atlanta jazz scene. Separately, they work in the worlds of academia, classical orchestra, pop acts, and sacred settings. Always, they bring a positive vibe and cool setting to their performances. Pickett-Williams Jazz Duo is ready to bring a special experience to their next performance.