Rod Oughton is a London-based professional drummer whose versatility takes him from an intimate jazz club setting or recording studio to the large festival stage. He has played at some of the UK’s leading music venues, in London’s West End, as well as to international audiences.
Rod received tuition from both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music (First Class Honours degree) leading to performance opportunities alongside jazz greats including Kenny Wheeler, Dave Cliff, Norma Winstone, Soweto Kinch and Mike Stern. He studied with Martin France (Spin Marvel), James Maddren (Kit Downes Trio) and Jeff Williams (Jeff Williams Quartet).
Artists worked with
James Taylor Quartet
National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Egyptian Jazz Projekt
Old Jelly Rollers
ITV The Sara Cox Show
Garrick Theatre (West End)
Royal Albert Hall
Dubai Opera House
Latitude Festival (Main Stage)
Citadel Festival (Main Stage)
Festival No. 6
BST Festival Hyde Park
EFG London Jazz Festival
Manchester Jazz Festival
Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Langnau Jazz Festival
Rod has enjoyed taking part in educational projects and workshops around the country as a NYJO Ambassador. He is a drum tutor at The Rhythm Studio in west London.
In the beginning ...
Given a pair of sticks for his birthday, Rod began drumming at the age of 10, joining the local Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra, followed by the Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra as its youngest member. He passed his Grade 8 Drums with Distinction, and in 2007 won a Trinity College Exhibition Award for achieving one of the country's highest Distinction marks in music.
He attended the Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz Course for two years under the direction of Nick Smart and Simon Colam. As a member of the National Youth Jazz Collective, he worked with Issie Barratt, Mike Walker and Steve Waterman.
' Rod has a natural gift that is somewhat rare in my experience. He shows remarkable talent and ability.' Jeff Williams
' Rod Oughton is 100 per cent talented as both drummer and writer.' Jazz Journal Reviews
'... maturity of writing rare in one so young.' Jazzwise Magazine Live Reviews
'... a drummer with considerable technical proficiency, and a composer and bandleader of promise.' Allaboutjazz.com