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 Mike Slivka on drums.
Maia Santell and House Blend consists of vocals, guitar, bass, drums and saxophone, and performs jazz, blues, Latin, swing, Motown, big band, contemporary favorites and popular hits from the Great American Songbook.
Maia's "House Blend" combo is a duo, trio, quartet, quintet or sextet, depending on the venue or the nature of the engagement. At small clubs, restaurants and lounges, House Blend is a trio or quartet, performing a tasteful mix of jazz standards, blues, Brazilian tunes and sultry ballads for a dining and listening audience. At concerts, festivals, dances, corporate events and larger venues, the band is a full, five piece group, and includes their saxophonist. Known around the region as a premier dance band, Maia Santell and House Blend provides a wide variety of tempos, rhythms and styles for swing and ballroom dancers, and offers up a vast musical repertoire, similar to that of the T.V. show, "Dancing with the Stars."
The band’s fullness, tightness and stellar musicianship are consistent, regardless of its size or composition, and Maia’s pure-toned, smooth vocal style is, without exception, swingin’ and soulful. Once you've sampled the sounds of Maia Santell and House Blend, you're sure to come back for refills!
For a playlist of their extensive repertoire or for booking information, email Maia at
Check out these sound clips:
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
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"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