|Thanks to Rookie and his band, Working Stiff, for entertaining us with such great music. Working Stiff music can be classified as jazz fusion/smooth jazz. Their repertoire includes songs by bands and artists from the 70’s to the 90’s, i.e., songs by Spyro Gyra, The Rippingtons, The Yellowjackets, The Crusaders, Al Jarreau, Gino Vanelli, Eumir Deodato, David Sanborn, Dave Grusin, Bob James, Seawind, Bobby Caldwell, David Benoit, John Tropea, Larry Carlton, Tower of Power, Carol Welsman, Shakatak, Patti Austin, Patrice Rushen, Boy Katindig, etc., etc.
Their first gig was in Magnet Cafe, Katipunan Avenue in May of 2006.
The name of the group is descriptive of its members who all have day jobs but who share a common love and passion for listening to, watching and playing the genre of music they play. They are all Ateneans (at some point in time or another).
1. Mari Cancio (keyboards) – Unit Manager for PRU Life UK
2. Raul Banzon (saxophone) – Sports Trainer
3. Oggie Benipayo (vocals) – Teacher and guidance counselor
4. John Flores (bass) – Graphic/Multimedia Designer
5. Kedy Sanchez (guitar) – Record Producer, GMA 7
6. Rookie Garcia (drums) – Lawyer, Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres & Ibarra.
Watch out for their future gigs:
1. October 6, Saturday, 10 pm, Strumms, Jupiter Street, Makati, 10 pm (back to back with Toy Symphony)
2. October 12, 2007, 9 pm, Sueno Bar, SM, Bacolod
3. October 13, 2007, 9 pm, Moravia Bar, Bacolod
4. October 25, 2007, 9:30 pm, 19 East Bar & Grill, East Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa, along South Superhighway