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, Chelsea and Maidstone, The Hideaway Streatham. EFG London Jazz Festival 2021 and the 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
|Concerts in 2022|
|June 29th|| 8pm - The Drawtones with special guest Jo Fooks at Pizza Express Jazz Club, The Pheasantry Chelsea. (more details)|
Bookings - 020 7439 4962
|July 5th||Bexley Music Club|
|July 7th||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Afternoon & Evening Concert, Stourport Manor Hotel
|July 9th||The Drawtones Private Garden Party Ashford, Kent.|
|July 22nd||The Drawtones Hammond Organ Trio @ Simply Patisserie, South Street, Eastbourne (more details)|
|August 3rd||North Herts Organ Society|
|August 12th||“Something for Everyone Show” Rod Pooley in Concert at The Grove Theatre, Eastbourne.|
|August 27th||The Drawtones headline Outdoor Stage @ Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival. (more details)|
A 90 minute set by The Drawtones 6.30pm - 8pm. - Kino Cinema Rye Outdoor Stage. Full details - www.ryejazz.com
|September 1st||The Drawtones feat Derek Nash - A Tribute to the Hammond Organ Greats @ Brentford Musical Museum (more details)|
Adults £20, Concessions £15. Box Office 020 8560 8108.
|September 14th||Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)|
|September 21st||Keyboard Cavalcade Pakefield (more details)|
Afternoon Concert and Late Night Show
|September 27th||Lincoln Music4All (more details)|
Lincoln Music 4 All
|October 1st||The Drawtones All Saints Church Jazz Concert Tenterden, Kent. (more details)|
|October 6th||Scunthorpe Organ Society|
|October 15th||Top Note Events Festival at the Solent Hotel and Spa Farnham. (more details)|
Afternoon and Evening concerts both on Saturday 15th October 2022.
|October 29th||TheYamaha Club Weekend, Woodland Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa. (more details)|
|October 30th||The Yamaha Club Weekend, Woodland Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa. (more details)|
Morning Session on Yamaha Genos
|November 6th||Stilton In Tune - Keyboard Showtime|
|November 18th||Ascot and District Organ Society (ADOS)|
|November 29th||Hastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society|
|Concerts in 2023|
|January 20th||The Drawtones Jazz and Tapas Night at Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5TW (more details)|
Full details soon on www.thedrawtones.co.uk
|February 1st||North Herts Organ Society (more details)|
By popular demand…
|February 12th||Brentford Musical Museum (more details)|
Rod Pooley Solo Concert on Yamaha TRX Genos Organ System 2.30pm start. Superb venue.
|April 12th||Grimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club|
|April 13th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|April 27th||Gainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club|
|July 11th||Lowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club|
|November 13th||Medway Music Club|