Concert Organist Lounge Pianist Band Leader
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.
Rod's Hammond Band