Kyle Poole

Poole & the Gang

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Hailed by Jazz Speaks as a "young prodigious drummer", Los Angeles native Kyle Poole has been residing in New York City since 2011 and continues to impress wherever his drums take him next. Along with his band of fellow NY jazz upstarts aptly titled "Poole & the Gang", Kyle has performed in New York's most esteemed jazz clubs, notably Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola & SMOKE Jazz Club, culminating in a weekly residency at Small's Jazz Club lasting nearly 3 years. One of Poole's chief missions, is to expand jazz's audience by incorporating all dance styles of music, reaching back to ragtime & bebop, while forging ahead all the way to funk, hip-hop & beyond. With the constant fluctuation of genre, rhythm & harmony, "Poole & the Gang" connect these musical dots in a uniquely improvised fashion, while audiences are delighted to simply, "go with the flow".

 

Recently Poole has been expanding his reach, recording and performing extensively worldwide. In 2016 alone, he performed in London, Budapest, France, Switzerland, Stockholm, Italy, Spain, and all over the United States with musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Joey Alexander, Melissa Aldana, Emmet Cohen and many others. Passionate about arts education, he has been involved in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s outreach program (Jazz for Young People) presenting interactive performances while introducing jazz to students in the New York metropolitan area.

 

Growing up in Los Angeles, Poole was introduced to Jazz through the Thelonious Monk Institute’s tireless efforts towards jazz outreach. The “Monk Institute” sent jazz instructors to Poole’s high school located in Los Angeles’ inner city and presented a yearly concert featuring the likes of Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, and Bobby Watson. Being involved in these concerts sparked Kyle’s interest in pursuing a music career. Fatefully, it was the Institute's famed Monk Competition that gave Poole his first taste of notoriety in 2012, when he was selected as one of 12 finalists from around the world under age 30 to compete. It was in 2011 that Poole moved to New York City and attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Not long after Poole’s arrival to the New York "scene" he was working with notable musicians such as Mike Ledonne, Peter Bernstein, and Orrin Evans.

 

With an indelible spirit on and off the drums, Poole's star continues to rise, as one of the brightest young beacons of Jazz in the twenty-first century.