Felix Contreras Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture.

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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: A Spotlight On Playwrights With Lin-Manuel Miranda And Karen Zacarias

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Explains How He Made His New Benefit Song For Puerto Rico

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'Familia' Affair: Paying Homage To Afro-Cuban Jazz Pioneers

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Before They Were Nominated: Alt.Latino As Prognosticator

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Cardi B Makes Billboard History With 'Bodak Yellow'

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Major Exhibit Pacific Standard Time Explores Latin Music and Los Angeles

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Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta: Tireless Rights Advocate — And Jazz Fan

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