Maia Santell and her backing band House Blend have been performing around the Pacific Northwest for twenty years at nightclubs, casinos, festivals, dances, cruises, special events, weddings and wedding receptions.

Maia Santell and House Blend

Maia Santell on vocals, Al Alto on guitar, Jay Mabin 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
Mack the Knife / S'Wonderful
Baby What You Want Me To Do
I Only Have Eyes For You
Sway
Born Under a Bad Sign
Flip Flop and Fly
Summertime
Why Don't You Do Right
Shaky Ground
Blues Party
Jump Jive and Wail
Black Magic Woman
Hot Rod Lincoln, featuring Al Alto
Just a Little Bit
Start it Up

Check out these video clips!:
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 and House Blend, live at Jazzbones, performing "Baby What You Want Me to Do."
Live at Jazzbones, performing "Santa Baby"
Maia Santell, performing "God Bless the Child," with the Steve Ryals Orchestra
Live at Jazzbones, performing "Find Out What They Like"
Maia Santell, Smooth Jazz Radio Commercial for Julia's Park Place, 1995



Maia's Photo Gallery
Last update: 9/6/10


Performance Schedule

Venue/Event Date/Time


April 2014

 
Gray Sky Blues Festival
Harmon Brewery
1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
For more info see: Tacoma Events
April 5th, Saturday
2:15-3:30pm
All Day Event
All Ages/ No Cover
The Spar
2121 North 30th Street, Tacoma
253-627-8215
For more info see: The Spar
April 12th, Saturday
8-11pm
Ages 21+
No Cover Charge
Olympic Peninsula Dance
Port Townsend Elks Club
555 Otto Street, Port Townsend
For more info see: Olympic Peninsula Dance
April 18th, Friday
8-10:30pm
Open to the public!
Arrive @ 7pm for dance lesson
Crossroads Bellevue, Concert & Dance
International Market Stage
15600 NE 8th. St., Bellevue
For more info see: Crossroads Bellevue
April 26th, Saturday
7-9pm
All Ages/ No Cover


Stay tuned for these and other events in 2014:

 
The Tacoma Dance Studio May 30th, Friday

Maia's Photo Gallery
Last update: 9/6/10



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