Growing up with a broad musical background of Duke Ellington, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and the Rolling Stones, Allan's interest in all things musical was kindled at an early age. Seeing the movie "Drum Crazy" featuring Gene Krupa and hearing the drums and bugles of the local Boy's Brigade fuelled his passion further and at the ages of 8, after making a complete nuisance of himself and still under age, Allan was allowed to join the Corps of Drums for rehearsals.
In a lengthy career to date Allan has worked in recording, television and radio studios, concert halls, cruise ships, theatres, arenas, night clubs, casinos, hotels, ballrooms and on numerous festival stages, indoors and outdoors, playing and teaching many varied styles of music in a diverse range of ensembles.
He has studied with teachers such as Max Abrams, Alex Duthart, Dave Hassell, Peter Erskine and Jim Blackley, and has taught many students over a career spanning, to date, 42 years.
His playing has endeared him, both in recording studios and in concert, with a wide variety of artists such as Smokey Robinson, Randy Crawford, Cleo Laine, The Four Tops, The Drifters, The Temptations, The Three Degrees, Hot Chocolate, Maria Muldaur, Georgie Fame, Sacha Distel, Wayne Sleep, Lulu, Petula Clarke, Sir Cliff Richard, Johnny Cash, "Boxcar" Willie, Victor Borge, Cybil Shepperd, Joe Longthorne, Mort Schuman, David Soul, Scott Walker, Ute Lemper, Jerry Lewis, Maria Freidman, Dame Shirley Bassey, Barbara Cooke and Chita Rivera.
TV and Radio credits include Top Of The Pops, East Enders, Wogan, Ask Aspel, Thames Arts, The Generation Game, London Tonight, Pebble Mill at 1, The Human Factor, Comic Relief, Playschool, Open House, The News Huddlines, Children In Need and The Royal Variety Performance.
Allan has worked with many major orchestras including the LSO, RPO, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Radio Orchestra, Danish Radio Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, BBC Big Band (1982-86) and the Danish Radio Big Band with many top music directors such as Robert Farnon, Neil Richardson, David Firman, Barry Forgie, Bill Holman, Carl Davis, and Michel Legrand.
Musical theatre has become a big part of Allan’s regular work and he has anchored many of the biggest shows on TV, in London’s West End and on UK and international tours, both as a principal player and a valued deputy.
Major productions include Evita,
42nd Street, Me and My Girl,
Singing in the Rain,
Hunting of the Snark,
Hot Stuff, Jesus Christ Superstar,
Kiss of the Spiderwoman,
Hot Shoe Shuffle,
By Jeeves, Crazy For You ,
Beauty and the Beast,
Nine, Salad Days, Damn Yankees, Chicago , Fosse,
Kiss Me, Kate,
Children In Need (BBC TV)
The Witches of Eastwick,
High Society, Aladdin,
Acorn Antiques, Sinatra ,
Porgy and Bess,
La Cage Aux Folle,
Strictly Gershwin 2008,
West Side Story,
La Cage Aux Folles,
The Royal Variety Performance 2008,
The King and I,
Merrily We Roll Along, End of the Rainbow,
The Paul O'Grady Show (ITV)
Kiss Me, Kate,
The Pajama Game ,
The Rocky Horror Show ,
50 Years On Stage,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
The Pajama Game , Monty Python Live, City of Angels, Follies,
High Society, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls,
Live at the London Palladium (ITV)
The Entire Universe (BBC TV) and Cinderella.
The strong link between dance and rhythm has seen Allan working closely and at length with top choreographers including Anne Reinking, Arlene Phillips, Stephen Mear, Carlos Acosta, Derek Deane and Andrew Wright.
Allan says: “A fresh approach to the music of the drums.... I am dedicated to exploring, performing and teaching the music of drums and percussion.... A lifetime of studying, playing, travel and experiencing life’s associated trials and tribulations inspires, informs and challenges my thinking, my lessons and my students daily.
Allan has also produced an acclaimed and widely endorsed teaching resource - Meet the Bass Player - available from www.allancox.co.uk and as a download from iTunes.