Rod Pooley playing Yamaha TRX Genos Organ System

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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

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

Rod's Concert Diary

Rod's Festival appearances

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


June 29th

   AOE Summer Break


November 27th

   Our Kind OF Music - Bournemouth

Concerts in 2019
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 16thSussex Keyboard and Organ Club
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.

January 25thKent Piano & Keyboard Expo
January 26thKent Piano & Keyboard Expo
January 28thHastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society
February 6thNorth Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club
February 8thMusical Showtime, Sussex (more details)

Hands UpDuo - Rod Pooley - Keyboards with Poppy Rawles - Vocals.

February 13thThe 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 27thGainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club
March 6thThe Drawtones @ Fleece Jazz Club. (more details)

Stoke by Nayland Golf and Spa Hotel. Tickets - 01787 211865.

March 18thBourne Organ and keyboard Club
March 27thSheppey Organ Club
April 6thCheadle and District Organ Society
April 7thBexley Music Club
April 9thSleaford Organ Club
April 29thDerby Organ and Keyboard Club
May 6thPrivate Function Hydro Hotel Eastbourne
May 12thWithernsea Organ Society
May 20thGreat Yarmouth Live Music Club
May 22ndSt Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)

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

June 5thColchester Keyboard Concerts
June 8thFelixstowe Electronic Organ Club
July 2ndAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Afternoon & Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

July 8thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
August 8thMusic 4 You Warwick
August 9thMusic 4 You Warwick
August 24thBrentwood Organ and Keyboard Club
September 2ndNorth Herts Organ Society
September 29thNew Forest Organ Society
October 8thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society
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 27thOur Kind of Music Festival - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth
November 28thOur Kind of Music Festival - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth
Concerts in 2021
March 10thClacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)
March 17thFife Electronic Organ Society
March 18thHarrogate Keyboard Club
May 11thLowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club