Born in Welling, Kent in 1966, the youngest of three sons of Michael and Sheila Pooley. Rod started playing the electronic organ at the age of seven. He studied under the very capable guidance of John Norris (Principal of the Southern Music Training Centre in Bromley). Rod furthered his playing skills taking up the piano aged ten. He was very fortunate to be taught the piano by a top London jazz pianist James Fagg. This is without doubt why Rod is a very fluent jazz player. In his concerts he does play a vast mix of genres to cater for everybody's taste. He passed the eleven plus and went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. The school at that time had one of the largest Music departments in the UK. The school had three full orchestras. Rod performed solo in concert at the school in front of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath who was the Bexley MP during that period. During and after full time education Rod won many accolades. These include:
1981 at 14 years of age - Young Theatre Organist of the Year
1985 and 1986 at 18 and 19 years of age - National Organist of the Year
1988 at 21 years of age - Yamaha Electone Festival Winner.
Rod has Grade 8 on Organ and Piano and went on to achieve a performance diploma on organ at just 17 years old.
He has worked with the Joe Loss Orchestra and the Ken Macintosh Big Band. He's appeared with Curtis Stigers, Mike Reid and Jimmy Tarbuck.
Music Industry Experience
2012 - Present - Demonstrator and Software writer for Yamaha TRX Organ and Keyboard Systems.
2004 - 2012 - Demonstrator and Product Specialist at Korg UK.
2002 - 2004 - Hammond UK Demonstrator.
2000 - 2002 - Roland Atelier Demonstrator
1995 - 2000 - Technics Music Academy Teacher
Rod's Hammond Band "The Drawtones"
Rod formed his Hammond Jazz and Funk Band in April 2016. With a regular five piece line up of Hammond Organ, Saxophone, Guitar, Bass and Drums. In just 4 years the band has become one of the fastest rising bands on the British Jazz scene. The Drawtones have had regular special guests join them including Derek Nash, Phil Veacock and Jonathan Scott, all from the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Other guests include Martin Shaw from the BBC Concert Orchestra and Dennis Rollins from Jamiroquai. The band have had some illustrious gigs, these include Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Pizza Express Soho and Maidstone, The Hideaway Streatham, Rye Jazz Festival 4 years running to name a few.
For more details about The Drawtones news and gigs please visit www.thedrawtones.co.uk
Rod will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2020|
|April 27th||Derby Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 12th||Withernsea Organ Society|
|May 20th||Great Yarmouth Live Music Club|
|May 22nd||St Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)|
Horringer Community Centre, The Street, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5RU Mike Roberts 01359 250704.
|June 5th||Colchester Keyboard Concerts|
|June 8th||Felixstowe Electronic Organ Club|
|June 10th||Herne Bay Organ and Keyboard Club|
|June 19th||The Drawtones Summer Jazz and Tapas at DeansPlace Hotel Alfriston (more details)|
Tickets £15 - Bookings and Details - 07799 800656
|July 2nd||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Afternoon & Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel
|July 8th||East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club|
|July 22nd||The Drawtones with special guest Derek Nash at Pizza Express Maidstone. (more details)|
Full details soon.
|August 8th||Musical Breaks with Chris Powell - Warwick|
|August 9th||Musical Breaks with Chris Powell - Warwick|
|August 19th||Private Function Hydro Hotel Eastbourne|
|August 24th||Brentwood Organ and Keyboard Club|
|September 2nd||North Herts Organ Society|
|September 14th||Banstead Organ and Keyboard Club|
|September 29th||New Forest Organ Society|
|October 8th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society|
|October 13th||South Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|October 14th||Lincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society|
|October 27th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|November 7th||Top Note Events Kettering Park Hotel & Spa|
|November 8th||TopNote Events Kettering Park Hotel & Spa|
|November 12th||Burntwood Music For All|
|November 27th||Our Kind of Music Festival - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth|
|November 28th||Our Kind of Music Festival - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth|
|December 31st||The Drawtones Function Band Gala Dinner and Dance at Deans Place Hotel Alfriston East Sussex (more details)|
For further details contact the hotel on 01323 870248.
|Concerts in 2021|
|January 19th||Musical Breaks with Chris Powell - Torquay (more details)|
Evening Concert and Late Night
|February 19th||Top Note Events Cumberland Hotel Eastbourne (more details)|
Festival runs from Friday 19th to Mon 22nd. Concert days/ times to be finalised.
|March 10th||Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)|
|March 17th||Fife Electronic Organ Society|
|March 18th||Harrogate Keyboard Club|
|March 19th||Top Note Event Harrogate|
|March 20th||Top Note Event Harrogate|
|March 21st||Music for the North East|
|April 10th||Music 4 You - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth (more details)|
Afternoon and Evening Concerts
|April 27th||Hastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society|
|May 11th||Lowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 13th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|October 5th||Bexley Music Club|