Felix Contreras.

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Felix Contreras

Co-host, Alt.Latino

Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers.

Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices.

He once stood on the stage of the legendary jazz club The Village Vanguard after interviewing the club's owner and swears he felt the spirits of Coltrane and Monk walking through the room.

Contreras is a recovering television journalist who has worked for both NBC and Univision. He's also a part-time musician who plays Afro-Cuban percussion with various jazz and Latin bands.

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Alt.Latino

Alt.Latino's Midwinter Pick-Me-Up Mix

Ever have one of those days when the world is conspiring against you? When even your dog isn't your biggest fan? This mix ought to help lift your spirits.

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Getting Personal With Alt.Latino Guest DJ Natalia Clavier

The Argentine singer makes her own music when she's not working with the band Thievery Corporation.

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Ring In The New Year, 'Screwmbia' Style

Pump up your New Year's Eve dance party with help from Alt.Latino and Texas "screwmbia" DJ Luis Espada, better known as King Louie of the Peligrosa collective.

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Festivo Alt.Latino: Gaby Moreno In Concert

Her voice dripping with Southern R&B grit, Moreno and her band never lose sight of the emotion in the holiday classics they perform at KUT in Austin, Texas.

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Songs We Love: Jaco Pastorius, 'Okonkole Y Trompa'

An electric-jazz meditation from the documentary film about the genius bass guitarist, and also features Don Alias and Peter Gordon.

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Songs We Love: Natalia Lafourcade, 'Para Que Sufrir'

A stand-out from the Mexican singer-songwriter who was a big winner at the 2015 Latin Grammy Awards.

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De Película: The Best Latin Film Soundtracks Ever

Carlos Schröder and NPR critic Bob Mondello visit Alt.Latino to discuss Latin movies and music.

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