January 10th, 2022 by Steve Morl

Review 13th Dec 2021 Rod Pooley

It was almost Christmas and we were all looking forward to a club Christmas night. Although we tried to keep to the usual format, Covid interfered and festivities were restricted. The forty of us who attended were there to see Rod Pooley who entertained with a mixture of both Christmas and other music performed using a TRX system based on Yamaha Genos. In between the music there was of course Rod’s sense of humour. At the interval all were offered a few festive nibbles and a beverage provided on a prepared selection plate intended to limit cross contamination. Christmas; a little constrained but that was due to Covid worries. A great night from Rod, a few sing along items and an Encore of Hooked on Classics.

From the 1st half
Feeling Groovy, Hark the Herald & other carols, Morning in Cornwall, Windmills of your mind, Last Christmas, Daydream Believer, ABBA I do I do, The Blue Danube, O come all ye faithful, Once in royal David, Bad Day, Latin medley,

From the 2nd half
Silver Shiny stockings, Let it snow let it snow, Rudolf the red nose reindeer, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Blue Bossa, Down Town, Satisfaction, When you say nothing at all, The Snowman, Walking in the rain, White Christmas, Hooked on Classics medley

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October 24th, 2017 by Steve Morl

Concert Review 23rd October 2017 – Rod Pooley

 

The evenings were drawing in, how fast the year is passing. Our guest for the evening was Rod Pooley. He opened with a sense of humour that continued throughout. “It was good to be back in Essex after such a long time… and the only way is??” Of course many replied “ESSEX…” He was, he thought a young man when last he performed for us, there was a bit of friendly banter between him and our booking secretary about how he came to be overlooked for so long and then the concert began with, ‘windmills of your mind’.  Followed by “Charlie Chan”. Between each piece thereafter Rod continued with his humour which never failed to raise a laugh, he was himself the brunt of much of it. We listened to the realistic sound of ‘the big band’, ‘orchestras’ film music and much more. Some titles from the evening were, ‘O Mio Bambino Caro’, ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ ‘All I ask of you’ and ‘Home’ by Michael Bublé. The evening was very well received by all with much applause. Rod commented that he hoped he wouldn’t need to wait another 14 years to be asked back again.

 

I am informed that, for those who like to know these things…

The instrument that Rod was using was the TRX Organ system based on Yamaha Tyros 5 with Hammond pedals.

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October 1st, 2017 by Steve Morl

 Rod Pooley

Born in Welling, Kent, in 1966 Rod Pooley was playing electronic organ at seven and the piano at the age of ten. His tutor was London jazz pianist James Fagg, Rod attended Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. It then had one of the largest school music departments in the UK. Whilst there Rod performed a solo during a concert in front of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath then the MP for Bexley.

Whilst at the Grammar School Rod formed its first jazz band.

Competition and prizewinning began for Rod while in full time education, he won many titles in the organ world. These included: 1981 at 14, Young Theatre Organist of the Year. 1985 and 1986 at 18 and 19 years of age, National Organist of the year. 1988 at 21 Yamaha Electone Festival Winner.

Rod attained Grade VIII Piano & Organ, achieved a performance diploma in electronic organ playing at 17. and was the Church organist at St Michael’s and All Angels Eastbourne for two years.

Rod’s professional career was established by the time he left school. He worked with the Joe Loss Orchestra, the Ken Mackintosh Big Band, Mike Reid and Jimmy Tarbuck. He organised and ran a 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.

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