Frank Colón

Percussionist Recording Artist

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Frank Colón is a specialist in Latin-Caribbean and Brazilian percussion instruments including congas, bongos, timbales, bata drums, shekere, cuica, and berimbau. As a sideman with the Manhattan Transfer for 12 years, he collaborated on two of their Grammy awards and was voted in 1988 as“Most Influential Percussionist of the Year.

Frank’s Colón's collaborations in performances, TV specials, DVDs, and/or CD recordings include Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Manhattan Transfer, George Clinton, Gato Barbieri, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, George Benson, Thalia, Paquito D'Rivera, Larry Coryell, Billy Taylor, Azymuth, Dianne Reeves, Nestor Torres, Mickey Hart, DJ Gilles Peterson, Chet Baker, Jaco Pastorious, Michel Camilo, African master-drummer, Babatunde Olatunji, Gato Barbieri, Harry Belafonte, Weather Report, Tania Maria, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Ed Motta, João Bosco, Chico Buarque, Wagner Tiso, Ney Matogrosso, Elba Ramalho, Marina Lima, RPM, João Donato, Toninho Horta, Roberto Menescal, and Marcos Valle.

Frank also appears in the musical documentary movie “Calle 54”, directed by Oscar-winner Fernando Trueba. His three albums as a leader are: "Latin Lounge", “Latin Wonder”, and “Frank Colón - Live at Vartanjazz” all of which have received very good critical reviews. He is also featured as the principal soloist in a DVD with the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra from Moscow, in a symphony commissioned for him entitled “Adoracion al Ritmo.”

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Credits

Discogs verified credits for Frank Colon
  • Frank Cólon*
  • Gato Barbieri
  • Alceu Valença, Milton Nascimento, Wagner Tiso
  • Wagner Tiso
  • Aleuda
  • Airto Moreira
  • Tania Maria
  • Marcos Resende
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • Crossings
  • Crossings
  • Virginie & O Fruto Proibido
  • Charles Earland
  • Airto Moreira / Flora Purim
  • Wayne Shorter
  • Michel Petrucciani
  • Airto*
  • Bob Stewart - First Line Band
  • Robertinho Silva
  • Various
  • St. James (13)
  • Teruo Nakamura & Superfriends (Rising Sun Band)*
  • Various
  • John Stubblefield, Superfriends (2)
  • Tania Maria
  • Mickey Hart
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • Ernie Watts with Gilberto Gil
  • Various
  • Andrea Marcelli
  • Airto Moreira
  • Ivo Perelman
  • TanaReid
  • Andrea Marcelli
  • Michel Petrucciani
  • Various
  • Ray Anderson Alligatory Band
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Towa Tei
  • Adela Dalto
  • Tex Allen
  • Various
  • Barbara Dennerlein
  • Michel Petrucciani
  • Janis Siegel
  • Atilla Engin, Turquoise (13)
  • Various
  • Various
  • Various
  • Michael Wolff
  • Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts*
  • Eugene Ruffolo
  • Michael Galasso
  • Gato Barbieri
  • Fernando Trueba
  • Janis Siegel
  • Tom Lellis
  • Bethany Wild
  • Tania Maria
  • Mordy Ferber
  • Various
  • Various
  • Michael Galasso
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Michael Wolff
  • Various
  • Milton Nascimento
  • Atilla Engin, The Istanbul Orchestra / Turquoise (13)
  • Various
  • Michel Petrucciani
  • Towa Tei
  • Vartan Tonoian
  • Ed Motta
  • Roman Miroshnichenko
  • Towner Galaher
  • Various
  • Manhattan Transfer*
  • Towa Tei
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Samba Gitano by Frank Colón

I was the Percussionist, Composer, and Producer in this production

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A simple Work Agreement Contract is required for all recordings to begin. The typical turn-around time for one song is two to three days., with an allowance of three revisions. No extra costs.

GenresSounds Like
  • Mongo Santamaria
  • Airto Moreira
  • Naná Vasconcelos
Gear Highlights
  • Congas
  • Bongos
  • Shekere
  • Berimbau
  • Cuica
  • Timbales
  • Brazilian Hand Percussion
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