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Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros



Biography

Since moving to New York City, Gerardo started his own band, "Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros," under the artistic directorship of Axel Tosca Laugart. Los Habaneros released their debut album, Somos Latinos, in 2013 to very high critical acclaim. He has toured internationally and in their hometown, NYC, they have performed in Brooklyn Academy of Music, BB King Blues Club, Subrosa, Sounds of Brazil (SOBs), Le Poisson Rouge, The Bronx Museum, Subrosa, Live at the Gantries, Roulette, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Taj, and many others.

In 2015, Gerardo also joined the Max Weinberg Orchestra as the lead Latin singer, performing residencies in The Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center. He is also a leading singer for Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends, touring throughout the United States and in Japan.

With his own projects, Gerardo has toured in Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, and Canada. He has played in international festivals of salsa and jazz such as: Toulouse Festival, France; Latin American Festival of Milan, Italy; Festival Fiesta, Rome, Italy; Festival of Múnich, Switzerland, Copenhagen Festival, Denmark; Salsa Festival of Verona, Italy; and, www.gerardocontino.com info@gerardocontino.com "a joyful, gyratory salsa celebration" - Time Out New York Afro-American Roots of Maracay, Venezuela.  

Gerardo has also shared the stage with such artists as Oscar de Leon, Roberto Roena, El Gran Combo, La India, Los Van Van, Xiomara Laugart, Carlos Varela, Alexander Abreu, Frank Fernandez, Osdalgia, Giovanni Hidalgo, Kelvis Ochoa, David Torrens, and Jose Armando Gola. Gerardo is a recipient of the 2015 and 2014 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant for Manhattan Community Arts Fund. Gerardo is endorsed by Gorilla Ears, is an active member of Musicians on Call, and was an invited speaker and performer for TEDMED 2014 in the Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, DC.

Gerardo received his education in Law at the University of Havana and his Master's in Law (LLM) at Cardozo School of Law in the prestigious Intellectual Property Program.

Upcoming Performances

Video 2/21/2019: Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros

Gritty, witty and streetwise, the Havana-born Gerardo Contino, "El Abogado de la Salsa," is a Cuban singer and songwriter. This former lead singer of the Cuban mega-group NG La Banda is a party onstage: he loves to improvise, to pull the audience into call & response, and to provoke fans into hipshaking abandon.

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