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.
Exploring Jazz will be an adventure through jazz history – past, present, and future. At times, we will be attempting to manipulate the future by inspiring and educating our audience in the subtle nuances of jazz music. We will feature many local artists and jazz enthusiasts, giving them the opportunity to share their musical roots and views. Our hope is to unite all musicians in our quest to spread the universal language of jazz.
Joel Greenblatt is a trombonist from New York City. Since moving to Melbourne in 2005, Joel had a two-year tenure with the Space Coast Jazz Society as presiding director. He has also participates in several community bands and has done his best to support the local jazz scene. Currently he is the leader of the Space Coast Jazz Society Big-Band and the Freedom Jazz Orchestra. Joel also teaches several students trombone and jazz improvisation.
As a young man Joel studied classical music and was the first chair in the All-City band.
At the age of 19, he studied jazz improvisation with the acclaimed pianist and jazz teacher, Lenny Tristano. After Lennie passed, he continued studying the Tristano method with Lenny's longtime student and protégé, Connie Crothers.