Frank Colón is a specialist in Latin-Caribbean, Brazilian and Asian percussion instruments including berimbau, congas, bongos, timbales, bata drums, shekere, and cuica.
Moving to Puerto Rico from Washington, DC at the age of five, Frank Colón's musical instruction began at age eleven, beginning with classical piano lessons, under the guidance of Angelina Figueroa and Rafael Figueroa.
In 1970, Frank Colón returned to Washington to attend college at American University, where he majored in Political Science. During this time, his musical orientation changed from melodic instruments to percussion. Finishing his university requirements, he turned full-time to his music.
In 1976 Frank Colón moved to New York City, on a call to work with his friend and mentor, the legendary drum master Julito Collazo. Through Julito's guidance, Frank became proficient at playing the Batá drum.
A partial list of whom Frank Colón has performed, recorded and/or toured with includes The Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Shorter, Weather Report, Thalía, Mary J. Blige, Harry Belafonte, Gato Barbieri, Chet Baker, Pat Metheny, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Gilberto Gil, Larry Coryell, Janis Siegel, Jimmy Smith, Minehaha, Milton Nascimento, The Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Tania Maria, Ernie Watts, Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Valentin, Jon Lucien, João Bosco, Francisco Buarque de Holanda, Michael Wolff, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Ney Matogrosso, Elba Ramalho, Marina, Adam Klipple, Roman Miroshnichenko, RPM, Larry Coryell, Billy Taylor, Gal Costa, Azymuth, Dianne Reeves, Michel Camilo, Nestor Torres, Felix Cavalieri, Airto, Mickey Hart, Samir Chatterjee, Michael Galasso, George Benson, among many others...
In 2006, after living in Manhattan for 30 years, Frank re-located to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.