To celebrate the 43rd anniversary of All Nite Soul, the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s in New York-a.k.a. the Jazz Church-will honor pianist Barry Harris and vocalist Sheila Jordan. All Nite Soul will begin on Sunday, October 13 at 5 p.m. with Jazz Vespers and vocalist Catherine Russell honoring her late mother, bassist and vocalist Carline Ray, followed at 7 p.m. with a concert of over 80 musicians honoring Barry Harris (pianist) and Sheila Jordan (vocalist), both NEA Jazz Masters who began their musical careers in Detroit.
The Legend Wall, an “exhibit wall” in Saint Peter’s Living Room, will tell the story of Harris and Jordan with memorabilia, including photograph collages organized by photo archivist Tad Hershorn of Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies.
“All Nite Soul” was created in 1970 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the creation of Jazz Vespers in 1965. The event has continued every year since then with hundreds of musicians performing and coming together. The Hungry Souls’ Café, an important feature of the event, serves homemade soul food. All Nite Soul is held in October starting on the Sunday evening of Columbus Day weekend and continues into Monday morning-hence the name All Nite Soul. Each year a major jazz icon is celebrated. Those celebrated in recent years include Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Powell, Jane Jarvis, Joe Wilder, Frank Wess, Randy Weston and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
Saint Peter’s Church is located at 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street), NYC. Phone: 212 935 2200. A $25 suggested ticket donation is requested for the 7 p.m. performance. Tickets may be purchased in advance at St. Peter’s Events or at the door.