Rod Pooley

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Rod Pooley

Telephone Number :  07799 800 656

Email address :

Website :

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 electronic organ at the age of seven years studying under the very capable guidance of John Norris (Principal of the Southern Music Training Centre Bromley). Rod furthered his playing skills by starting piano from the age of ten. Rod at this time was very fortunate to be taught the piano by a top London jazz pianist James Fagg which is no doubt why Rod is an extremely fluent jazz player. Rod passed the eleven plus and went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School which at that time had one of the largest school music departments in the UK. The school had three full orchestras and Rod's claim to fame was to perform solo in concert at the school in front of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath who was the Bexley MP at that time. While at Grammar School Rod also formed the first jazz band the school had ever had. During and after leaving full time education, Rod won many major titles in the organ world. 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 VIII on Piano and Organ and achieved a performance diploma in electronic organ playing at just 17 years of age.For two years Rod was a Church organist at St Michaels and All Angels Eastbourne where the family had moved to in 1982.Rod's professional career was already well established by the time he left school, performing at many organ societies. He has performed in many forms of entertainment both as soloist and in bands and big bands. Rod has worked with the Joe Loss Orchestra, the Ken Mackintosh Big Band, Mike Reid and Jimmy Tarbuck. Rod has organised and run a very successful organ and keyboard school, and now combines his busy performing and demonstrating career with a directorship of The Drawtones his Funky Organ Classics band.

Music Industry Experience

2012 - Present Demonstrator and Softeware Writer for Yamaha TRX Keyboard Systems.

2004 - 2012 Rod was Product Specialist and Events organiser for Korg UK.  As well as conducting workshops and demonstrations to Organ & Keyboard clubs and societies around the country, Rod launched new Korg products most recently the Pa3x Professional Arranger Keyboard.

2002 - 2004... Hammond Demonstrator specialising in the XT, XE and the New B3 which Rod helped to launch in the UK at Caister.

2000 - 2002... Roland Atelier Demonstrator

1995 - 2000... Technics Music Academy Teacher and Demonstrator of Organs and KN Keyboards.

Rod's Band "The Drawtones"

Rod has a busy professional career gigging with his Hammond Jazz and Funk Band The Drawtones who to date have appeared with Curtis Stigers, and Avery Sunshine. They’ve had special guests such as Derek Nash, Phil Veacock and Jonathan Scott (All from the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra). Other top special guests include Dennis Rollins (Courtney Pine and Jamiroquai), Martin Shaw (BBC Concert Orchestra) and The Award Winning Vintage Vocal Trio The London Belles. The Drawtones also featured in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Rye International Jazz Festival. With appearances at Pizza Express Soho and Maidstone, The Hideaway Streatham, Fleece Jazz, Verdict Jazz Brighton and not to mention in December 2018 the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club where they performed on the main stage to a full house.

The Drawtones website:

Visit to see all of the latest news and events for Rod's successful band "The Drawtones".


Rod's Photo Gallery

 Rod Pooley playing Yamaha TRX Genos Organ. Rod at Hammond SK2 - The Drawtones Rod at TRX Yamaha  Organ System Hands Up Duo - Rod Pooley and Vocalist Poppy Rawles

Rod's Concert Diary

Concerts in 2019
March 28thThe Drawtones at Arundel Jailhouse - 8pm (more details)

Tickets - £8 - 01903 889821

April 7thStilton In Tune - Keyboard Showtime
April 9thWithernsea Organ Society
April 16thBideford Keyboard and Organ Club
April 17thPlymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club
April 27thHands Up Duo at City Gate Hotel Exeter (more details)

See Hands Up Duo Facebook Page Events for full details and online ticket information.

May 19thSt Audries
May 20thSt Audries
May 28thOrpington Keyboard Club
June 28thSheppey Organ Club
July 26thCrawley Keyboard Club (more details)

Special 30th Birthday Club Concert featuring Jessica Dann on Drums with Rod playing the flagship TRX Genos Organ System.

August 3rdThe Drawtones Function Band at Cooden Beach Golf Club Summer Party and BBQ (more details)

This is a public event. All are very welcome. Tickets available from Rod £25 includes entry, show and BBQ. Please call 07799 800656.

August 10thThe Drawtones with special guest Dennis Rollins at Pizza Express Jazz Club Dean Street Soho London (more details)

Tickets £20 - 020 7439 4962

August 14thWorld of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society)
August 16thBurgess Hill Keyboard Club
September 8thKent and Sussex Organ Club
September 11thHerne Bay Organ and Keyboard Club
September 12thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society
September 17thSouth Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club
September 18thWatford Organ & Keyboard Club
September 25thBedford Organ and Keyboard Club
October 1stBarnsley White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society (more details)

Concert starts at 2pm

October 2ndOllerton and District Organ Society
October 3rdScunthorpe Organ Society
October 4thThe Drawtones - The Journey to Planet Groove Album Launch (more details)

All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex. Doors 7pm - Show 8pm - 10.15pm - Adults £15 - Concessions £12. Box Office 07799 800656.

November 19thBolton In Tune (BADEOS)
December 2ndNew Forest Organ Society (more details)

Lunch and Afternoon Concert with Rod Pooley and Vocalist Poppy Rawles at South Lawns Hotel, Milford On Sea. Lunch 12.30pm and Concert to follow.

December 9thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
December 31stThe Drawtones - New Years Eve Gala at Deans Place Hotel (more details)

A Dinner and Dance with The Drawtones Function Band (6 piece) at the beautiful country Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5TW. For details and booking enquiries please call the hotel direct - 01323 870248

Concerts in 2020
January 24thThe Drawtones featuring Derek Nash - Jazz and Tapas Night (more details)

Friday 24th January 2020. Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5TW. Tickets £15 (Entry and Show) Please call Hotel - 01323 870248 or Rod - 07799 800656. Doors 7.15pm, Show 8pm. Tapas can be ordered as an optional extra on the night.

February 27thGainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club
April 7thBexley Music Club
July 8thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
August 8thMusic 4 You Warwick
August 9thMusic 4 You Warwick
October 27thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club
November 27thOur Kind of Music Festival - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth
November 28thOur Kind of Music Festival - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth