Santa Esmaralda

Santa Esmaralda
Release date
01 January 1970
Santa Esmaralda
01 January 1970 |

Just like Santa Esmeralda’s music is universal in nature, combining elements and rhythms from different cultures to make a totally unique brew, the Santa Esmeralda story has similar underpinnings. It begins with the creative force behind its origins, Leroy Gomez, a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. At age 14, Leroy formed his own band, and later joined the group “Tavarez”, and with them toured the USA, Canada and then Europe. The Tavares brothers enlisted the talents of their young friend Gomez, being quite proficient for his age on saxophone and also possessing an amazing voice. They played gigs around town and eventually had regional success becoming extremely popular in Boston and surrounding areas. The success spread through North America and the boys soon found themselves touring to Europe for a series of gigs, starting with Italy. While in Paris, Leroy impressed many local musicians and was invited to play on a recording session that a rising English rock star was presiding over. The English rocker turned out to be none other than Elton John and the album he was in the midst of recording was the now classic Yellow Brick Road on which young Leroy played saxophone.