Eden Brent

Acclaimed Mississippi Delta pianist Eden “Little Boogaloo” Brent will perform Friday, Nov. 8 between 6-9 p.m. at the Union County Heritage Museum, 114 Cleveland St. New Albany.

The concert is free and open to the public. Wine and cheese will be served.

It is being held to celebrate the Cast of Blues exhibit, which will soon leave the Union County Heritage Museum.

Brent was nicknamed “Little Boogaloo” by her Greenville mentor Boogaloo Ames, who taught her his piano style at an early age. She plays boogie woogie, jazz and blues music.

Piano lessons were part of her early education from primary school through graduation from the University of North Texas and beyond.

“I always loved to play, but I hated to read, and I really hated to practice until I started hanging around Boogaloo,” she said.

The duo traveled and worked together for 16 years until Boogaloo’s death in 2002.

Brent travels the United States and abroad performing in festivals including Notodden, Chicago Blues Festival, Cognac’s Blues Passions and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. 

Brent’s four solo albums include Something Cool, 2003; Mississippi Number One, 2008; Ain’t Got No Troubles, 2010; and Jigsaw Heart, 2014.

The Cast of Blues exhibit features the facial casts of 40 Mississippi blues musicians created by artist Sharron McConnell Dickerson, who began her sculpting artwork as a result of progressive macular degeneration and eventual blindness.

For more information visit the museum or call at 662-538-0014.

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