Seattle veteran jazz and blues singer Maia Santell and her backing band House Blend have been a mainstay in the Northwest music scene for nearly three decades, at nightclubs, casinos, lounges, festivals, dances, concerts, cruises, restaurants, special events, corporate parties and wedding receptions.
Maia Santell on vocals, Al Alto on guitar, Derick Polk on bass,
Ted Dortch on saxophone and Bruce Simpson on drums.
Maia Santell and House Blend consists of vocals, guitar, saxophone, bass and drums, and performs jazz, blues, Latin, swing, Motown, big band, nostalgia, classic rock and contemporary favorites. Known around the region as a "premier dance band," they perform a mix of styles, rhythms and tempos for ballroom and swing dancers, with a repertoire similar to that of the T.V. show, "Dancing with the Stars."
Maia's "House Blend" combo is a duo, trio, or full quartet, quintet or sextet, depending on the venue or the nature of the engagement. Whatever the size or composition of her accompaniment, Maia's vocal style is consistently swingin' and soulful.
The band's playlist reflects songs made popular by such artists as Duke Ellington, Etta James, B.B. King, Brooks and Dunn, Louis Jordan, The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, George Benson, Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Asleep at the Wheel, Diana Krall, Billie Holiday, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Patsy Cline, Wilson Pickett, Fats Domino, Stevie Wonder and Peggy Lee, to name a few. For a playlist of their extensive repertoire, email Maia:
For a complete biography please see: Maia's Bio
Once you've sampled the sounds of Maia Santell and House Blend, you're sure to come back for refills!
Check out these sound clips!
Jazz, Latin, Swing, Blues, Big Band, Rock and R&B:
Manha De Carnaval
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone
Fine Brown Frame
Georgia On My Mind
Fever and Moondance
Oye Como Va
Teach Me Tonight
Baby What You Want Me To Do
I Only Have Eyes For You
Born Under a Bad Sign
Flip Flop and Fly
Why Don't You Do Right
Jump Jive and Wail
Hot Rod Lincoln, featuring Al Alto
Just a Little Bit
Bye Bye Blackbird and Killer Joe
Check out these video clips!:
Maia Santell & House Blend Performing "Why Don't You Do Right!"
"Sway," with Maia Santell and House Blend
R&B, Swing, Blues and Jazz Mix: Maia Santell and House Blend!
Maia Santell & House Blend Performing "Pink Champagne"
"Jump, Jive n' Wail," Maia Santell and House Blend, Live!
Holiday Favorites at Jazzbones Concert and Dance!
Blues at Jazzbones Holiday Show
Maia Santell and House Blend, Swingin' the Blues!
Maia Santell and House Blend: Jazz, Blues, Latin and Swing!
Swingin' with Maia Santell, performing "Fever" and "Moondance"
Maia Santell and House Blend performing "Fine Brown Frame," Live at Jazzbones Nightclub!
Maia Santell, Swingin' and Jumpin' Through the Years!
Maia Santell, performing "God Bless the Child," with the Steve Ryals Orchestra
Maia Santell, Smooth Jazz Radio Commercial for Julia's Park Place, 1995
|Gray Sky Blues Festival
The Swiss Pub
1904 S. Jefferson, Tacoma
Tacoma Events Commission
|Saturday, April 9th
|Pacific Ballroom Dance
1604 15th St. SW, Ste. 109, Auburn
|Saturday, April 16th
Arrive at 7PM for dance lesson!
|Private Party, Bellevue
||Friday, April 22nd
|Wedding Reception, Seattle
||Friday, April 29th
Stay tuned for these and other events in 2016:
|The Spar, Tacoma
||Sunday, May 1st
|Save KPLU Fundraiser, The Swiss, Tacoma
||Wednesday, May 11th
|C.I. Shenanigans, Tacoma Waterfront
||Wednesday, June 8th
|Johnny's Dock, Tacoma Waterfront
||Saturday, June 18th
"What a knock-out performance at The New Orleans restaurant! If they could see you in New Orleans today you would probably revive the city in just one night....You are simply super!"
Norm Bobrow, NW Jazz Critic
a tough act to follow fireworks cascading off a new building and
white glove dinner service to a full symphony orchestra, but Maia
Santell and House Blend were the grand finale' to a very grand opening
of the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center !"
Doug Miller, producer
Grand Opening Open House and Gala
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center
is one of the Northwest's most dynamic and refreshingly believable
vocalists. Her phrasing is impeccable and her voice is warm and
natural, totally free of the contrived theatricality that besets
many of her local contemporaries. Supported by the seasoned musicians
of House Blend, she offers one of the most brilliant sounds in the
local music scene."
Doug Bright, The Heritage
"Maia and the boys’ new CD recorded
live at Jazzbones gives fans old and new a satisfying menu of songs
to listen at home or in the car. With 11 tracks of swing, blues and jazz,
this CD proves that Santell is the real deal when it comes to music. “Dance with Me!”
offers many songs from American music history as told through tunes written and
performed by some of the greatest musicians of yesteryear."
Matt Nagle, The Tacoma Weekly