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Published on Sep 7, 2015
Here is Seattle veteran jazz, blues and swing vocalist Maia Santell and her back up band, House Blend, performing "Why Don't You Do Right!" Maia Santell and House Blend has been a mainstay on the NW music scene for 29 years, at nightclubs, casinos, cruises, festivals, private parties, weddings and dances, including leading venues such as The New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Seattle's Pioneer Square, Ste. Michelle Wineries, Jazzbones, Jazz Alley, The Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival, Studio 6 Ballroom, Gray Sky Blues Festival, Tall Ships Tacoma 2005, USA Ballroom Dances, Seattle Swing Dance, Olympic Peninsula Dance, Northwest Dance Network, Muckleshoot Casino and Bumbershoot, to name a few. The bands' vast, versatile repertoire is similar to that of the TV show, "Dancing with the Stars," accommodating swing and ballroom dancers with a mix of tempos, styles and rhythms. Doug Bright of Seattle's Heritage Music Review calls Maia "the most refreshingly believable vocalist on the NW music scene.....Her voice is clear, warm and natural, and her phrasing is impeccable.....her vocal deliverance is totally free of the contrived theatricality that besets many of her local contemporaries." Norm Bobrow, Seattle music critic, promoter and jazz entrepreneur says, "Maia Santell is an absolute delight! She is a seasoned pro who deserves to be recognized as one of the finest, most versatile and talented singers in the Seattle music scene. She is simply super!" House Blend instrumentalists in this video are Ted Dortch on tenor sax, Russ Kammerer on drums, Derick Polk on bass and Al Alto on guitar. Maia is a descendant of Seattle's Jackson Street era of jazz and swing. Her mom, dad and uncle were prominent musicians in the Northwest music scene for many years, and performed in such noteworthy bands and orchestras led by Norm Hoagy, Frank Sugia, Curt Sykes, Don Anderson, Jackie Souders, Wyatt Howard, and the hottest, most swingin' band in the Northwest during the late 30's and 40's, The Gay Jones Band (A.K.A. The Gaylord Jones Orchestra), promoted by jazz entrepreneur Norm Bobrow. (See: "Jackson Street After Hours," by Paul De Barros.) For Maia Santell and House Blend's upcoming performances, sound bites, photos and videos, see the band's website at MaiaSantell.com)