Northwest jazz and blues sensation Maia Santell and her backing band House Blend will perform a holiday concert and dance at Jazzbones on Friday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. The show is open to all ages, and just $8 will get you in the door.
Joining Santell will be her bandmates Ted Dortch on tenor saxophone, Gary Crooks on guitar, Steve Luceno on bass, Bruce Simpson on drums and special guest Jumpin’ Josh on guitar. The band’s repertoire includes blues, jazz, swing, Latin, r&b and holiday favorites like “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Please Come Home For Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” Nancy Wilson’s “What Are you Doing New Year’s Eve?” and Mel Torme’s classic holiday standard “The Christmas Song,” to name a few.
Maia Santell is a descendant of Seattle’s “Jackson Street era” of jazz and swing. Her mom, dad and uncle were prominent jazz musicians that performed in the Northwest music scene for 40 years. Her talent, phrasing, and clear, warm, unaffected vocal style can be attributed to her rich musical heritage, including attending Seattle’s Garfield High School, singing in jazz ensembles, musicals and rhythm and blues bands and performing at a young age with jazz giants like Joe Venuti, Buddy Catlett, Floyd Standifer and her uncle Frank Sugia.
Santell has performed at such leading venues as Jazz Alley, The New Orleans in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, Dancing with the Tacoma Stars, Argosy Cruises, St. Michelle Wineries, to name a few, and is a regular in the South Sound at Studio 6 Ballroom, the Harmon Restaurant and Brewery and the Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival.
Her latest CD, “Dance with Me! Maia Santell Live at Jazzbones,” will be available for sale at this event. Jazzbones is located at 2803 6th Ave., (253) 396-9169.