Dr. Tommy Poole


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Tommy Poole is Director of Jazz Studies and assistant professor of music at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He is an active saxophonist and woodwind doubler in a variety of genres. He has recorded as saxophonist on numerous commercially available CDs ranging in style from classical, to jazz, to pop. He has performed professionally with Ramsey Lewis, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Andy Montanez, Glenn Monroig, Diane Schuur, Joe Williams, Mercer Ellington, and Dianne Reeves among many others.

Poole has composed and arranged works for a variety of settings from commercial showbands, to jazz big bands, to full-sized studio orchestras. His orchestrations have been featured on at least seven commercially available CDs. His first two CDs as producer, On Cue-the Music of Seamus Blake (2012) and Out Front (2015) featured arrangements, compositions, and performances by Poole and received critical acclaim from AllAboutJazz.comJazzEd MagazineCurrentland, and Oklahoma Magazine.

Poole has presented workshops, or served as guest artist/performer, guest conductor, clinician, and/or adjudicator at California State University Long Beach, California State University Los Angeles, Eastfield College, Northeastern State University, Los Angeles Community College, Pittsburg State University, Slippery Rock University, Tulsa Community College, and The University of Arkansas (Fayetteville). He has served in similar fashion for countless regional high school conferences, honor bands, and jazz festivals. His research on metric modulations in jazz has been published in Jazz Inside Magazine. He serves as President of Oklahoma Jazz Educators (OKJE) and is a member of the Jazz Education Network, College Music Society, and the National Association for Music Education.

He received his B.M. and D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.M. from The University of Miami.