Felix Contreras

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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5:28am

Wed August 21, 2013
The Record

Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 2:23 pm

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

Marian McPartland, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.

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3:18pm

Mon April 22, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:35 pm

Lizzie Chen NPR

You don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes through in his piano playing.

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12:41pm

Fri November 16, 2012
The Record

Jesse & Joy, Juanes Win Big At Latin Grammys

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 2:31 pm

Jesse & Joy accept one of their four awards during the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Click the audio link to hear Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd discuss the Latin Grammy Awards with Tell Me More's Michel Martin.

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12:03pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Flaco Jimenez: Tiny Desk Concert

Flaco Jimenez and Max Baca play a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 3.
Lauren Rock NPR

Watching Flaco Jimenez play his button accordion is like looking back in time. His grandfather started playing an accordion in cantinas and family parties along the Texas/Mexican border around the late 1800s. Then Flaco's dad, Santiago Jimenez Sr., carried on the family tradition when he released his first record in 1936.

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3:20pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Yva Las Vegass: Tiny Desk Concert

Yva Las Vegas plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.
Lauren Rock NPR

At NPR Music, we get stacks of CDs in the mail, as well as countless links to music streams, from bands trying to stand out and get some attention. It's safe to say that we all share similar previewing procedures: At some point, we just sit and listen.

What are we listening for? I can't speak for the others, but I'm constantly in search of music I haven't heard, but which sounds as if it's been in my life forever.

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