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

The Drawtones at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Rod Pooley playing Yamaha TRX Genos Organ.  Rod Pooley and David Harrild Duo Concert

Rod's Concert Diary

Concerts in 2022
January 19thMusic 4 You with Chris and Joanne Powell. Belgrave Sands Hotel & Spa Torquay. (more details)

Afternoon Concert 2pm - 3pm - Evening Concert 8pm - 9pm.

January 28thThe Drawtones Jazz and Tapas featuring Derek Nash (more details)

Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston, East Sussex Doors 7.15pm - Show 8pm. Tickets £18 - Please call 07799 800656.

February 7thNottingham Organ Society
February 18thTop Note Events Cumberland Hotel Eastbourne (more details)

There will be 2 performances over this 3 day event. Times and dates TBC.

February 25thSheppey Organ Club
March 13thColchester Keyboard Concerts
March 17thHarrogate Keyboard Club
March 24thGainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club
March 29thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club
April 9thMusic 4 You with Chris and Joanne Powell - Miramar Bournemouth (more details)

Late Night Show 10.30pm

April 10thMusic 4 You with Chris and Joanne Powell - Miramar Bournemouth (more details)

Afternoon Concert 3pm

April 19thBideford Keyboard and Organ Club
April 20thPlymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club
April 22ndSt Edmundsbury In Tune
May 12thSleaford Organ Club
June 3rdThe Drawtones Bank Holiday Groove at the Brewery Yard Club, Rye, East Sussex.
June 7thNew Forest Organ Society
June 8thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
July 7thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Afternoon & Evening Concert, Stourport Manor Hotel

September 14thClacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)
October 10thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
October 15thTop Note Events Festival at the Solent Hotel and Spa Farnham. (more details)

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

November 6thStilton In Tune - Keyboard Showtime