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 have appeared for the past 4 years in the Rye International Jazz and Blues 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: www.thedrawtones.co.uk
Visit www.thedrawtones.co.uk to see all of the latest news and events for Rod's successful band "The Drawtones".
Rod will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2020|
|January 24th||The 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.
|January 25th||Kent Piano & Keyboard Expo|
|January 26th||Kent Piano & Keyboard Expo|
|January 28th||Hastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society|
|February 6th||North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club|
|February 8th||Musical Showtime, Sussex (more details)|
Hands UpDuo - Rod Pooley - Keyboards with Poppy Rawles - Vocals.
|February 13th||The Drawtones at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Maidstone (more details)|
See Rod’s Hammond at this fabulous venue. Restaurant opens 7pm, Show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets £12. Pizza Express Box Office - 020 7439 4962.
|February 27th||Gainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club|
|March 18th||Bourne Organ and keyboard Club|
|March 27th||Sheppey Organ Club|
|March 31st||The Drawtones at The Bulls Head, Barnes London. (more details)|
See www.thedrawtones.co.uk for full details
|April 6th||Cheadle and District Organ Society|
|April 7th||Bexley Music Club|
|April 9th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|April 27th||Derby Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 6th||Private Function Hydro Hotel Eastbourne|
|May 12th||Withernsea Organ Society|
|May 20th||Great Yarmouth Live Music Club|
|May 22nd||St Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)|
Horringer Community Centre, The Street, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5RU Mike Roberts 01359 250704.
|June 5th||Colchester Keyboard Concerts|
|June 8th||Felixstowe Electronic Organ Club|
|June 10th||Herne Bay Organ and Keyboard Club|
|June 19th||The Drawtones Summer Jazz and Tapas at DeansPlace Hotel Alfriston (more details)|
Tickets £15 - Bookings and Details - 07799 800656
|July 2nd||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Afternoon & Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel
|July 8th||East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club|
|July 22nd||The Drawtones with special guest Derek Nash at Pizza Express Maidstone. (more details)|
Full details soon.
|August 8th||Musical Breaks with Chris Powell - Warwick|
|August 9th||Musical Breaks with Chris Powell - Warwick|
|August 24th||Brentwood Organ and Keyboard Club|
|September 2nd||North Herts Organ Society|
|September 14th||Banstead Organ and Keyboard Club|
|September 29th||New Forest Organ Society|
|October 8th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society|
|October 13th||South Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|October 14th||Lincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society|
|October 27th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|November 7th||Top Note Events Kettering Park Hotel & Spa|
|November 8th||TopNote Events Kettering Park Hotel & Spa|
|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 19th||Musical Breaks with Chris Powell - Torquay (more details)|
Evening Concert and Late Night
|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|
|April 10th||Music 4 You - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth (more details)|
Afternoon and Evening Concerts
|May 11th||Lowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club|