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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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The Isley Brothers & Carlos Santana, 'Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)'

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Alt.Latino's Midsummer New Music Roundup

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Cuba! While The Politicians Argued, The Musicians Jammed!

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Inside ÌFÉ's Reinvention Of Afro-Cuban Rhythms

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Music That Inspires, Classic-Rock Edition

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Guest DJ Raul Midón's Eclectic Influences Make Perfect Sense

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Guest DJ Ozomatli Covers Mexican Classics With A Reggae Groove

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These 3 Latinx Artists Are Challenging, Changing And Reclaiming Culture

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Natalia Lafourcade's Heartfelt Return To Her Roots

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Writer Gabby Rivera Is A True Superhero

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