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 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
Teach Me Tonight
Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
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
Black Magic Woman
Hot Rod Lincoln, featuring Al Alto
Just a Little Bit
Bye Bye Blackbird and Killer Joe
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!
Live at Jazzbones, performing "Santa Baby"
Maia Santell, performing "God Bless the Child," with the Steve Ryals Orchestra
Maia Santell, Smooth Jazz Radio Commercial for Julia's Park Place, 1995
|Uncle Thurm's Soul Food
3709 S. G Street, Tacoma
|June 27th, Friday
No Cover/All Ages
|Tacoma Freedom Fair & Air Show
Marine Park (next to the Lobster Shop)
4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma
|July 4th, Friday
Free / All Ages
|Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels Festival
Tacoma Narrows Airport
(Next to the Hub Restaurant)
1700 26th Ave. W., Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels
|July 6th, Sunday
Admission prices vary
|Johnny's Dock Restaurant
1900 East D Street, Tacoma
|July 13th, Sunday
All Ages / No Cover
|Curran Apple Orchard Concert
3920 Grandview Drive West, University Place
Curran Apple Orchard Concert
|July 24th, Thursday
Free / All Ages
Stay tuned for these and other events in 2014:
|USA Dance Tacoma
|Saturday, August 23rd
"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