Gerardo Contino, "El Abogado de la Salsa," is a Cuban singer and songwriter who has been a part of a number of renowned Cuban bands in Havana since his youth. Before leaving Cuba in 2009, Gerardo was the lead singer for NG La Banda, one of the most recognized Cuban Salsa and Jazz orchestras in Cuba, under the directorship of Jose Luis Cortes.
Since 2009, Gerardo has started his own band, "Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros" in New York City, with Axel Tosca Laugart, Luisito Quintero, and John Benitez.
With his own project, as well as with NG La Banda, and his other bands, Son Yoruba, and Charanga Forever, 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, 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 Armando Gola.
In New York City, he has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sounds of Brazil (SOBs), Le Poisson Rouge, the Bronx Museum, Guantanamera, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Droms, Iguana, and Lina Frey, among others.
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.