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 and House Blend

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
Brazil
Fever and Moondance
Oye Como Va
Teach Me Tonight
Satin Doll
Sleepwalk
Baby What You Want Me To Do
I Only Have Eyes For You
Sway
Born Under a Bad Sign
Relax Max
Flip Flop and Fly
Summertime
Why Don't You Do Right
Shaky Ground
Blues Party
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



Maia's Photo Gallery
Last update: 10/5/15


Performance Schedule

Venue/Event Date/Time


January 2016

 
Dance, Educated Feet, Bainbridge Island Saturday, January 9th
Wedding Reception, Bellevue Friday, January 22nd
Private Party, Seattle Saturday, January 30th
Johnny's Dock
1900 East D St., Tacoma
253-627-3186
For more info see: Johnny's Dock
Sunday, January 31st
5-8PM
No Cover Charge


February 2016

 
Sweetheart Ball at Bremerton Elks!
4131 Pine Rd. NE, Bremerton
Saturday, February 13th
7:30-11:30PM
Non Members Welcome; Just Sign In!
Pacific Ballroom Dance
1604 15th St. SW, Ste. 109, Auburn
253-939-6524
For more info see: Pacific Ballroom
Saturday, February 20th
8-11PM
Arrive at 7PM for dance lesson!


Stay tuned for these and other events in 2016:

 
Brother Don's, Bremerton March 11th, 8PM
Gray Sky Blues Festival, Tacoma April 9th, 5PM

Maia's Photo Gallery
Last update: 10/5/15



The Reviews Are In!

"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

"It's 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


"Maia Santell 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 Music Review


"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