Le Roy Jose Amate Perez

Soul street is produced by Leroy Jose.  Leroy grew up speaking spanish, english and afro american (ebonics).  He was blessed by having music lover parents who took him to see the big bands of the late 1940’s and early fifties: duke Ellington, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, Stan Kenton, etc…….

In the 1950’s (beginning at age 15) Le Roy frequented Oakland’s many blues clubs.  Oakland is considered the home of west coast blues.  The laws prohibiting minors in bars were not rigorously enforced in 1950’s west Oakland.  Also, many of these clubs served food and minors were allowed.

In the 1960’s, Leroy went to university in San Francisco, at the height of small group- modern  jazz,  popularity.  He was blessed again to catch jazz greats: Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderly, Thelonius Monk, Carmen Mccrae, Lou Rawls, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, etc……..rhythm and blues greats: The Whispers, The Miracles, Van Morrison, Jimmy Hendrix, The Johnny Otis Rhythm and blues reviews with Etta James, Esther Phillips and Joe Turner.

When Le Roy moved to Ensenada Mexico in 1985 he brought his love for the music with him.  He sought out jazz musicians, and met jazz piano virtuoso Ernesto Rosas.  Also, trombonist Francisco Rosas and a whole cadre of great jazz artists who are Baja californianos.  Amate’s adopted son,  Alan Miles Amate,  is a jazz and blues piano player who shares his dad’s passion for this art form.