Tommy Poole is Director of Jazz Studies and assistant professor of music at Oklahoma State University. An active saxophonist and woodwind doubler in a variety of genres, he has recorded as saxophonist on numerous CD's ranging in style from classical, to jazz, to pop. He has performed professionally with Ramsey Lewis, Diane Schuur, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Andy Montanez, Joe Williams, and Mercer Ellington among many others.
Poole’s arrangements/compositions have been featured on at least eight CDs. His first three CD's as producer featured compositions, arrangements, and performances by Poole and received critical acclaim from AllAboutJazz.com, 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. “The OSU ensemble is exemplary… add multi-talented Michael Dease to the mix, stir emphatically and the upshot is a tasty banquet that’s sure to quicken the appetite of almost any champion of straight-ahead big band jazz.” Jack Bowers, All About Jazz
Poole has presented workshops, or served as guest artist, or guest conductor at California State University Long Beach, California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles City College, Pittsburg State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), and University of Illinois. He has served in similar fashion for countless regional and national conferences and festivals. His research on metric modulations has been published in Jazz Inside Magazine.