The Howard Morrison Quartet Take Two, featuring Howard Morrison Jnr, Russell Harrison, Chris Powley and Andre King, take to the road in October with a two hour show to celebrate and recreate the magic of the NZ entertainment phenomenon that was the original Howard Morrison Quartet.
The Howard Morrison Quartet is considered this country’s most successful show band that helped to create the NZ entertainment industry. Merging family-friendly music with unique Kiwi humour, they toured constantly during the 50’s and 60’s, reformed regularly, and, throughout the subsequent decades remained hugely popular. The charismatic lead singer, the iconic Sir Howard Morrison, also enjoyed a stellar solo career over many decades, and won the love and respect of his country for the huge amount he gave back to the community. Timed to mark the 10 year anniversary of Sir Howard’s passing, this show will bring the old quartet back to life with superb vocals, entertainment, and first hand family stories through the talents of the next generation led by Howie Jnr.
Howard Morrison Jnr has literally been brought up on the stage to a life in the entertainment industry. This would initially be as a cultural ambassador, starting from the age of five performing for tourists along with his cousins to become an award-winning leading figure in Kapa Haka for over 40 years where his talents could flourish and hold the limelight away from that of his superstar farther. His passion for Kapa Haka would take him around the world many times representing his culture and country.
Another passion would see him become the face of the long-running Hunting Aotearoa television series, making him a household name to audiences in NZ, Australia, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji and Hawaii. But with music and entertaining so much in his blood as it was for his father, the concert stage would always be a major attraction for Howie Jnr - yet somewhere that he had to be content with taking second place to the senior Morrison for many years. Over his professional music career starting with backing his father as a rhythm guitarist and vocalist, Howie has worked with many greats of the entertainment industry such as Sir John Rowles, Tui Teka, Billy T James, Frankie Stevens, Dalvanius, Dame Malvina Major, all the original members of his Dad’s quartet, and more. His sense of humour, quick wit and ability to communicate with people from all walks of life have also provided him with constant work as a professional MC and guest speaker both nationally and overseas.
For the last ten years Howie has worked closely with friends, Russell Harrison and Chris Powley, both also successful solo artists, as the Howard Morrison Jnr Trio. The trio are dedicated to preserving the legacy of NZ’s greatest entertainer and the showband genre. Their strong male voices and easy banter work well together, resonating with audiences throughout NZ and the Pacific resulting in many tours over the past 10 years showcasing their impressive vocal harmonies and the classic songs of yesteryear mixed with the well-loved modern.
Tickets on Sale: Friday 7 August 2020