Soul, rhythm and blues to get people dancing

SMOOTH GROOVES: Seasoned entertainer Russell Harrison will be joined by The Ministry of Tone singer/guitarist TJ Taotua in an upcoming soul and R&B show in Gisborne next week. Picture supplied

The “best live soul and rhythm and blues ever” is promised with seasoned entertainer Russell Harrison and The Ministry of Tone singer/guitarist TJ Taotua’s upcoming Gisborne show.

Since taking the stage as a nine-year-old Harrison is one of the most recognised entertainers in New Zealand. Mostly a soul and R&B singer with a hint of big band cool, he has a covers album called Reflections and last year released his single 2 Much, 2 Little, 2 Late. The single was a reggae re-work of the soul classic by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams. Accompanied by female vocalist Tuakoi, the duo’s vocal performances mix smooth Pacific reggae and the soul of the 1970s.

Harrison performs regularly with soul music group The Brown Brothers whose focus is on a tribute to. The Howard Morrison Trio — dedicated to the music of New Zealand’s greatest entertainer Sir Howard Morrison & The Hit Men — a group specifically focused on the music of the Rat Pack & Motown. Harrison has also performed in musicals such as West Side Story, Grease and Oklahoma; the New Zealand movie Mt Zion and has entertained thousands of cruise ship passengers across the Pacific.

He now looks forward to bringing his soul sound to Gisborne.

“This is an old school show with tunes you grew up with,” he says.

“It just makes you want to get up and dance.”

Russell Harrison and The Ministry of Tone’s TJ Taotua perform at the Dome, November 2 at 8pm. Tickets $30 from The Aviary + limited door sales.

The “best live soul and rhythm and blues ever” is promised with seasoned entertainer Russell Harrison and The Ministry of Tone singer/guitarist TJ Taotua’s upcoming Gisborne show.

Since taking the stage as a nine-year-old Harrison is one of the most recognised entertainers in New Zealand. Mostly a soul and R&B singer with a hint of big band cool, he has a covers album called Reflections and last year released his single 2 Much, 2 Little, 2 Late. The single was a reggae re-work of the soul classic by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams. Accompanied by female vocalist Tuakoi, the duo’s vocal performances mix smooth Pacific reggae and the soul of the 1970s.

Harrison performs regularly with soul music group The Brown Brothers whose focus is on a tribute to. The Howard Morrison Trio — dedicated to the music of New Zealand’s greatest entertainer Sir Howard Morrison & The Hit Men — a group specifically focused on the music of the Rat Pack & Motown. Harrison has also performed in musicals such as West Side Story, Grease and Oklahoma; the New Zealand movie Mt Zion and has entertained thousands of cruise ship passengers across the Pacific.

He now looks forward to bringing his soul sound to Gisborne.

“This is an old school show with tunes you grew up with,” he says.

“It just makes you want to get up and dance.”

Russell Harrison and The Ministry of Tone’s TJ Taotua perform at the Dome, November 2 at 8pm. Tickets $30 from The Aviary + limited door sales.

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