Latin Grooves with Gerardo Contino & Pete Nater's Salsa & Latin Jazz Jam live in The Django
Where The Django downstairs in the Roxy Hotel 2 Ave of the Americas NY, NY 10013
Feb 19, 2019
Feb 19, 2019
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Gerardo created Los Habaneros in 2012, which has gone on to become the "Best Band in Manhattan" (WNYC/NPR), and "Best Cuban Dance Band" (NY Latin Culture Magazine). His latest project is Afro-Latin Renaissance.
Bobby Allende, Timbales & Coro: Born and raised in New York City, Bobby's foundation in Afro-Cuban Percussion commenced at the age of three. With the patient and constant guidance of his Uncles Angel Allende and Papiro Allende (well-respected musicians) Bobby embarked on a journey that has taken him around the world twice over. His dedication to his craft and spirited personality has earned him the respect of some of the top names in the industry. His performances with Buddy Rich on the Mike Douglas Show (age 7) and with Julio Iglesias at Madison Square Garden (age 10) helped open the doors of opportunity. At a performance at Madison Square Garden the legendary Tito Puente invited Bobby to perform alongside him. Thus, the formation of the juvenile group the "Rumberito All Stars" was born. The group continued to be the opening act for Tito Puente through 1980 and allowed Bobby to refine his craft under the supervision of a legend. Bobby moved on to work with and tour with many other Latin musicians such as Hector Lavoe, Jose Alberto "El Canario", RMM All Stars and Ruben Blades among an extensive list of many others. Later, he became the Musical Director for Willie Colon, Marc Anthony and La India. Bobby's expertise does not only limit him to the Latin Music Industry but has given him the opportunity to work with the likes of David Byrne, Grover Washington, Jr., Rodney Jones, Spyro Gyra and Marion Meadows. His versatility with Latin rhythms did not escape the sights of Paul Simon and earned him a place in the orchestra for the Broadway musical "The Capeman." It also afforded him the opportunity to continue his working relationship with Salsa/Pop performer Marc Anthony. In addition to his work with the New Santana Band, Bobby is currently the Musical Director for Tito Nieves and a member of the Grammy winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Bobby is frequently called upon as a Musical Consultant to audition and hire musicians, rehearse and create set lists for new artists. His strong musical background and almost 30 years in the entertainment business have successfully allowed him a natural progression into this role.
Arturo Ortiz, Piano;
Born in Santurce, PR, raised in Carolina, PR. Started playing since tha age of 4… Professionally at 17, came to NY in ’83, at the age of 24. Earliest bands in PR, San Felipe ’74, Perignon, Tito Allen, Johnny El Bravo, Freddy Kenton, Conjunto Canayón. In addition to being a great pianist, Arturo also is probably the top synthesizer programmer, for Salsa acts such as Marc Anthony’s and Ruben Blades’ band tours.
Ray Martinez, Bass; Known for his melodic and percussive style, RAY MARTINEZ has been considered one of the most gifted and prominent bassist/arranger in the contemporary Latin and Salsa music scenes.
Ray composed, arranged, recorded and performed for many years with Latin-jazz legend MONGO SANTAMARIA. As the leader and creator of his own salsa band, “CONJUNTO TIPICO CRIOLLO”, Ray produced and arranged three albums. Ray was also a member of the BUDDHA LATIN JAZZ ALL STARS. RAY MARTINEZ has enjoyed a prolific musical career recording and performing with such artist as the “KING OF LATIN MUSIC” TITO PUENTE, “THE QUEEN OF SALSA” CELIA CRUZ, Latin Jazz great MONGO SANTAMARIA, RAY BARRETO, JOHNNY PACHECO, ISMAEL RIVERA TIPICA 73, AND PETE “EL CONDE” RODRIGUEZ among others. Having firmly established his reputation as an excellent musician, Ray was chosen to participate with PAUL SIMON in several musical recordings and also porformed in two world tours with DAVID BYRNE ex-leader of the TALKING HEADS.In addition, Ray served as special guest on DAVID BYRNE’S production of Brazilian artist MARGARETH MENEZES. Increasingly in demand, he has recorded with international star JUAN LUIS GUERRA AND 440, AFRICANDO from Africa, and the ultimate expression of Puerto Rican folklore in New York, LOS PLENEROS DE LA 21. Back by popular demand, Ray Martinez is producing a fourth production for CONJUNTO CRIOLLO. While maintaining his original style, Ray’s music adds new dynamics enriching his already hard driving sound.
RAY MARTINEZ, native of the Dominican Republic received his formal music education from the NATIONAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC in the Dominican Republic and upon moving to the U.S he continued his studies at LEHMAN COLLEGE of New York City.
Willy Torres, vocals and Congas; Born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, William Maisonet-Torres was influenced by his father, renowned percussionist William Maisonet Figueroa (a/k/a Papo Conga) and his mother Doris who sang and recorded a few Boleros. Willy quickly developed a keen ear, a natural affinity for percussion, and a deep love for the music of Puerto Rico.
Willy is a regular on the New York Latin session scene and has recorded vocals for Rey Ruiz, Tito Nieves, Alexandre Pires, Ricardo Montaner, Christian Castro, Gilberto Santarosa, Ricky Martin, to name a few. He has released 3 albums "Willy's NYC Salsa Project" (2008), "Hardcore" (2011), and "On Another Path" (2015); has received 9 Grammy nominations; and is a 4 time Grammy awardee: 2004 (The Spanish Harlem Orchestra "Across 110 Street"), 2006 (Best Tropical Album Producer), 2010 (The Spanish Harlem Orchestra"Viva La Tradicion"), and 2013 (for collaboration & as guest artist for The Pacific Mambo Orchestra). Willy was nominated again in 2014/15.
Pete Nater, leader, trumpet, coro; 2 time Grammy Winner, Band Leader, Musical Director, Arranger, Trumpet, Composer