Legends of...is a comprehensive salute to African American achievement in the Arts.
In 2004, the inaugural event featured Roberta Flack in concert with special guest, The Capital City Chorale. In 2005, jazz legend, Dianne Reeves with special guest, The Auntie Karen All Stars, South Carolina’s Finest Musical Talent. Patrons are still raving about Al Jarreau (2006) and Patti Austin (2007). In 2008, we welcomed The Joe Sample Trio and Take 6. While in 2009, we showcased funk legend, George Duke and jazz vocalist, Rachelle Ferrell. 2010 brought the singer/songwriter duo, Ashford & Simpson, while in 2011, we showcased 10 time Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, producer, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. 2012 welcomed two Grammy Award winning legends: Ramsey Lewis, pianist and the return of vocalist, Patti Austin. 2013 welcomed 7 Time Grammy Award Winner, Gladys Knight to a sold out show. The 2014 concert was a "Tribute to George Duke" featuring Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway and Jonathan Butler. 2015, 10 Time Grammy Winner, Chaka Khan and 2016, the return of 7 time Grammy Winner, Al Jarreau with the SC Philharmonic. All shows take place at the Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia, South Carolina.
The Auntie Karen Foundation created the Legends of...Concert Series to pay tribute to the contributions African American music has made to history. Each year during Black History Month, the series profiles a jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel or blues artist who has made a lasting contribution to the history of music. The series places a special emphasis on Jazz Legends. In addition, we have extended our series to include “Legends of...In the Schools”. “Legends of...In the Schools” is a series of art events designed to salute African American Heritage. Events include: Folk Art, Quilting, Dance, Spoken Word, Written Word and Music. Through a partnership with The Columbia Museum of Art, on the last Saturday in January, we feature some of the best local and regional artists at no cost to the public.