Felix Contreras

Felix Contreras is a reporter and producer for NPR's Arts Desk specializing in coverage of jazz, world music, and Latino arts and culture. He is also the co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's new web based program about Latin Alternative music.

As a producer and reporter for the NPR's Arts desk, Contreras has covered arts and technology issues; reported a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and recently profiled a legendary Mexican singer for the "50 Great Voices" series. 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.

A part- time jazz musician, Contreras plays Afro Cuban percussion with various jazz and Latin bands. He is a recovering television journalist who has worked for both NBC and Univision.

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Alt.Latino
1:26 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Latin Music That Breaks Barriers And Pushes Boundaries

Singer Sarah Aroeste performs Ladino music — a style created by the Sephardic Jews of the Iberian Peninsula.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 9:04 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Mariachi El Bronx: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire O'Neill NPR

Being a mariachi is a specialized gig. You might be able to fool people who don't know the music by wearing those tight pants and little jackets and playing with lots of vibrato. But hardcore mariachi fans will call you out in a minute if you try to fake it.

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The Record
4:31 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Herb Reed, Singer For The Platters, Dies

Portrait of the Platters with Herb Reed (left), 1950s. (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images)
Frank Driggs Collection Getty Images

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Alt.Latino: The Show
1:26 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

The Truth About Cinco De Mayo

La Santa Cecilia
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 1:06 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:21 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Novalima: Tiny Desk Concert

Afro-Peruvian band Novalima performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Jan. 12, 2012.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Something about tradition inspires reverence and creativity. Throughout Latin America and parts of the U.S., musicians are exhuming centuries-old musical cultures and infusing them with new life to create songs that sound both familiar and new. Peru's Novalima is doing just that with Afro-Peruvian music.

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