Tommy Poole is Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. 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 Rosemary Clooney, Ramsey Lewis, Johnny Mathis, Arturo Sandoval, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Andy Montanez, Glenn Monroig, Diane Schuur, Jack Jones, Joe Williams, Mercer Ellington, Marilyn McCoo, and Dianne Reeves among many others.
Poole's arrangements/compositions have been featured on at least eight CDs. His first three CDs as producer featured compositions, arrangements, and performances by Poole and received critical acclaim from All About Jazz, JazzEd Magazine, Outside in Music, Currentland, and Oklahoma Magazine. Poole's latest CD, Solid Gold feat. Michael Dease (2017) received four stars from All About Jazz. Dan Bilawsky of JazzEd Magazine writes, "the OSU Jazz Orchestra ably demonstrates its might and musicality in a multitude of environments across Solid Gold... Poole's 'Out Front' uses infectious lines in fifteen and four to serve as foundational material, his sweeping arrangement of Antonio Carlos Jobim's 'Discussao' is pure Brazilian beauty, and his spirited stab at 'After You've Gone' serves as the perfect send-off while further diversifying his portfolio."
Poole has presented recitals, workshops or served as guest artist, guest conductor, all-state clinician and/or adjudicator at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State LA, Eastfield College, Pittsburg State University, Slipper Rock University, Augustana University, Northeastern State University, Los Angeles City College, The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), and The University of Illinois (Urbana). He has served in similar fashion for countless regional and national conferences and jazz festivals. His research on metric modulations in jazz has been published in Jazz Inside Magazine. He was named the 2010 Oklahoma Collegiate Jazz Educator of the Year by the Oklahoma Jazz Educators Association (OKJE) and served as President of OKJE for 2015-2017. He is a member of the Jazz Education Network, College Music Society, and Oklahoma Jazz Educators Association.
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.