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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Pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa Is Part Of A Long Line of 'Amazing'

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Contemporary Mexican Music: Not Your Abuelita's Mariachi

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'Vida,' The Groundbreaking Cable Show That Gets Latinx Narratives Right

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J Balvin Won't Settle For Anything Less Than World Domination

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Alt.Latino Encore: Remixing Classics, Fania Opens Its Vaults

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Guest DJ Los Texmaniacs: Conjunto Specialists With A Knack For 'Cruzando Borders'

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Queer, Punk And Latin: A Discussion About Sexual Identity

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