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.thedrawtones.co.uk

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 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:

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 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'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 27th

   Our Kind OF Music - Bournemouth

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.

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 18thBourne Organ and keyboard Club
March 27thSheppey Organ Club
March 31stThe Drawtones at The Bulls Head, Barnes London. (more details)

See www.thedrawtones.co.uk for full details

April 6thCheadle and District Organ Society
April 7thBexley Music Club
April 9thSleaford Organ Club
April 27thDerby 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
June 10thHerne Bay Organ and Keyboard Club
June 19thThe Drawtones Summer Jazz and Tapas at DeansPlace Hotel Alfriston (more details)

Tickets £15 - Bookings and Details - 07799 800656

July 2ndAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Afternoon & Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

July 8thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
July 22ndThe Drawtones with special guest Derek Nash at Pizza Express Maidstone. (more details)

Full details soon.

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 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 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 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
April 10thMusic 4 You - Miramar Hotel Bournemouth (more details)

Afternoon and Evening Concerts

May 11thLowestoft and District Organ and Keyboard Club