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|
|September 29th||New Forest Organ Society|
|October 8th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society|
|October 12th||Derby Organ and Keyboard Club|
|October 12th||Derby Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)|
Re-organised date due to Coronavirus.
|October 13th||South Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|October 27th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|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 15th||The Drawtones with special guest Derek Nash at Roxanne at the Verdict, Brighton (more details)|
Visit - www.thedrawtones.co.uk for full details.
|January 19th||Musical Breaks with Chris Powell - Torquay (more details)|
Evening Concert and Late Night
|January 29th||The Drawtones Jazz and Tapas at DeansPlace Hotel Alfriston (more details)|
Tickets £15 - BOON NOW - 07799 800656
|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|
|May 28th||St Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)|
Horringer Community Centre, The Street, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5RU Mike Roberts 01359 250704.
|June 16th||Great Yarmouth Live Music Club|
|July 1st||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Afternoon & Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel
|August 21st||Musical Breaks with Chris Powell - Warwick (more details)|
Late night show
|August 22nd||Musical Breaks with Chris Powell - Warwick (more details)|
|October 5th||Bexley Music Club|