Rod Pooley playing Yamaha TRX Genos Organ System

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Rod Pooley

Telephone Number :  07799 800 656

Email address :  rodpooley@me.com

Website :  www.rodpooley.net

Address :  Flat 2,  51 Manor Road,  Bexhill on Sea,  East Sussex,  TN40 1SN 

About Rod

Background

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:

Achievements

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's Photo Gallery

 Hands Up Duo - Rod Pooley - Keyboard & Poppy Rawles - Vocals. Rod Pooley playing Yamaha TRX Genos Organ.

Rod's Concert Diary

Rod's Festival appearances

Rod will also be featured at the following festivals this year.

2020

June 29th

   AOE Summer Break

November 6th

   TopNote Events - Kettering

November 27th

   Our Kind OF Music - Bournemouth

Concerts in 2020
July 8thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
August 8thMusical Breaks with Chris Powell - Warwick
August 9thMusical Breaks with Chris Powell - Warwick
August 24thBrentwood Organ and Keyboard Club
September 2ndNorth Herts Organ Society
September 14thBanstead Organ and Keyboard Club
September 18thThe Drawtones Jazz and Tapas at DeansPlace Hotel Alfriston (more details)

Tickets £15 - BOON NOW - 07799 800656

September 29thNew Forest Organ Society
October 8thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society
October 12thDerby Organ and Keyboard Club
October 12thDerby Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

Re-organised date due to Coronavirus.

October 13thSouth Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club
October 14thLincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society
October 27thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club
November 7thTop Note Events Kettering Park Hotel & Spa
November 8thTopNote Events Kettering Park Hotel & Spa
November 12thBurntwood Music For All
November 27thOur Kind of Music Festival - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth
November 28thOur Kind of Music Festival - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth
December 31stThe 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 15thThe Drawtones with special guest Derek Nash at Roxanne at the Verdict, Brighton (more details)

Visit - www.thedrawtones.co.uk for full details.

January 19thMusical Breaks with Chris Powell - Torquay (more details)

Evening Concert and Late Night

February 19thTop Note Events Cumberland Hotel Eastbourne (more details)

Festival runs from Friday 19th to Mon 22nd. Concert days/ times to be finalised.

March 10thClacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)
March 17thFife Electronic Organ Society
March 18thHarrogate Keyboard Club
March 19thTop Note Event Harrogate
March 20thTop Note Event Harrogate
March 21stMusic for the North East
April 10thMusic 4 You - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth (more details)

Afternoon and Evening Concerts

April 27thHastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society
May 11thLowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club
May 13thSleaford Organ Club
May 28thSt Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)

Horringer Community Centre, The Street, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5RU Mike Roberts 01359 250704.

June 16thGreat Yarmouth Live Music Club
July 1stAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Afternoon & Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

October 5thBexley Music Club
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