“He loved me like I was his own daughter and in addition to teaching me how to play like him, he taught me that music has a special way of bringing people together,” Brent said. A classically trained pianist, Brent learned Ames’ boogie-woogie style after she received a degree in music from the University of North Texas. Over time, Brent became Ames’ manager, performing partner and lifelong friend. In May Brent received the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year award from the Blues Foundation and dedicated it to Boogaloo.
“Boogaloo came from the generation of piano players who could play anything,” Brent pointed out. That influence is reflected on ‘Ain’t Got No Troubles,’ Brent’s upcoming album, which seamlessly blends blues, pop, soul and jazz. She plays her instrument with a panache and fire that befits Ames’ legacy. The Wall Street Journal has called Brent “a force to reckon with...aggressive, sultry, hot and cool.”
Footage from “Sustaining the Sound” a documentary on Bent and Ames’ unique relationship: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PMriVkum1o