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

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Felix Contreras

Host, Alt.Latino

Felix Contreras is host of Alt.Latino, NPR's 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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Guest DJ Arturo O'Farrill: Making Music And A Statement At The Border

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Jorge Drexler accepts Song of the Year for 'Telefonia' during the 19th annual Latin Grammy Awards. Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS hide caption

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Dia de los Muertos commemorates those who have passed. Irene Contreras hide caption

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Alt.Latino Lays Out A Sonic Altar For Dia De Los Muertos

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Requiem For A Jazz Man: Jerry González, The Last Pirate Of The Caribbean

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Rubén Blades Swings Big Band Jazz And Rumba On New Album

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