Rod Pooley playing Yamaha TRX Genos Organ System

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Rod Pooley

Telephone Number :  07799 800 656

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

About Rod


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

Rod's Photo Gallery

 Brentford Musical Museum Show Solo Concert - Grove Theatre Eastbourne - Friday 12th Aug 2022. Rod Pooley and David Harrild Duo Concert

Rod's Concert Diary

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 5thBexley Music Club
July 7thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Afternoon & Evening Concert, Stourport Manor Hotel

July 9thThe Drawtones Private Garden Party Ashford, Kent.
July 22ndThe Drawtones Hammond Organ Trio @ Simply Patisserie, South Street, Eastbourne (more details)

Details soon…

August 3rdNorth Herts Organ Society
August 12th“Something for Everyone Show” Rod Pooley in Concert at The Grove Theatre, Eastbourne.
August 27thThe 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 -

September 1stThe 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 14thClacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)
September 21stKeyboard Cavalcade Pakefield (more details)

Afternoon Concert and Late Night Show

September 27thLincoln Music4All (more details)

Lincoln Music 4 All

October 1stThe Drawtones All Saints Church Jazz Concert Tenterden, Kent. (more details)

Details soon…

October 6thScunthorpe Organ Society
October 15thTop Note Events Festival at the Solent Hotel and Spa Farnham. (more details)

Afternoon and Evening concerts both on Saturday 15th October 2022.

October 29thTheYamaha Club Weekend, Woodland Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa. (more details)

Evening Concert

October 30thThe Yamaha Club Weekend, Woodland Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa. (more details)

Morning Session on Yamaha Genos

November 6thStilton In Tune - Keyboard Showtime
November 18thAscot and District Organ Society (ADOS)
November 29thHastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society
Concerts in 2023
January 20thThe Drawtones Jazz and Tapas Night at Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5TW (more details)

Full details soon on

February 1stNorth Herts Organ Society (more details)

By popular demand…

February 12thBrentford Musical Museum (more details)

Rod Pooley Solo Concert on Yamaha TRX Genos Organ System 2.30pm start. Superb venue.

April 12thGrimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club
April 13thSleaford Organ Club
April 27thGainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club
July 11thLowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club
November 13thMedway Music Club