Felix Contreras

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Rudy Van Gelder, Definitive Jazz Recording Engineer, Has Died

Friday, August 26, 2016

The man who captured hundreds of jazz's greatest recordings — by Miles Davis and John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock — died Thursday at his home studio. He was 91.


Nina Diaz: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, August 26, 2016

As a solo artist on leave from Girl In A Coma, the singer finds new ways to sound ferocious. Here, she performs three songs from an album due out in the fall.


First Listen: Y La Bamba, 'Ojos Del Sol'

Thursday, August 25, 2016

On the band's new album, Luz Elena Mendoza's voice is fully enmeshed in the arrangements, which gives her bicultural storytelling an almost otherworldly feel.


Raising The Dead: Hear A Song From Bob Weir's First Album In A Decade

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The ex-Grateful Dead guitarist is about to release Blue Mountain, which features "Only A River."


Make Your Own Latin Music Scene

Thursday, August 11, 2016

On this week's Alt.Latino, hear new sounds from musicians who fly below the radar in Latin America, as Remezcla music editor Isabelia Herrera shares some key tracks.


As The Rio Olympics Get Underway, Alt.Latino Shares Its Love For Brazilian Music

Friday, August 05, 2016

Brazil's rich musical history is interwoven into Alt.Latino's weekly musical explorations. Just in time for the opening ceremonies, we collected some of our favorite Brazilian music moments.


Alt.Latino Picks Cool Songs For Beating The Midsummer Heat

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The music gets very chill this week with smooth Latin soul from the daughter of a Latin music icon and Mexican folk renditions of music from Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.


Xenia Rubinos: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, July 25, 2016

On Black Terry Cat and in the NPR Music offices, Rubinos' music uses her Afro-Caribbean roots as a jumping-off point for inventive, provocative songs.


First Listen: Various Artists, 'Quiero Creedence'

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A new compilation lets Latin Alternative artists (including Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Los Lonely Boys, La Marisoul, Juan Gabriel and more) transform and reimagine CCR's formidable catalog.


Three Cities, Four Festivals, One Alt.Latino Weekend

Friday, July 15, 2016

Philadelphia, New York and Chicago hosted four Latin Alternative music festivals within 48 hours of each other. Somehow, we managed to get to all of them.


Jane Bunnett: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Canadian jazz multi-instrumentalist performs in the NPR Music offices with some of the top young women musicians in Cuba.


Guest DJ Agustín Lira: Struggles And Hope

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The veteran protest singer reflects on a crucial time for the farm-worker movement when he helped organize workers using music.


First Listen: Jeff Beck, 'Loud Hailer'

Thursday, July 07, 2016

More than 50 years into his career, the guitar legend once again demonstrates his mastery of tone, while still balancing his trademark sound with powerful lead vocals.


Los Hacheros: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Sometimes it's necessary to get back to basics. In the case of Los Hacheros, that means returning to the deep groove of Afro-Caribbean music that provides the source material for modern salsa.


Alt.Latino's Puerto Rican Deep Cuts

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras shares some classic gems and some new tunes that both pay tribute to Puerto Rico's traditional sound and expand the island's musical tradition.


Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

In performance together, the venerated saxophonist and the ubiquitous pianist perform three tunes that draw from their past while still looking to the future.


First Listen: Agustín Lira, 'Songs Of Hope And Struggle'

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The California musician, along with his musical partner Patricia Wells, adapt their message of social justice for modern times, while maintaining the same inspirational lyrics and conviction.


Alt.Latino Takes On Classical Composers

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras teams up with NPR classical music maven Tom Huizenga to talk about composers from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Brazil, delighting host Linda Wertheimer.


A Guided Tour Of Colombian Music, From The Mountains To The Coasts

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Veteran radio host Betto Arcos has just returned from a trip to Colombia, and he comes to Alt.Latino bearing gifts — including a deep dive into the country's best folk and contemporary music.


We Are Everywhere: Latin Alternative Music In Unlikely Places

Thursday, June 02, 2016

As Latino populations grow in locations far from large urban centers, local music scenes are thriving. This week, Alt.Latino showcases a few artists from places off the beaten path.