“…I think [Tony Craddock, Jr.] might have the best ‘how I got into the music I play’ story that I’ve ever heard. I really love this.” – Chris Richards, Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post
“The maturity of his vision for life and music is quite compelling and is born out in the sound of his horn,” says Grammy® award-winning saxophonist & composer Kirk Whalum about emerging jazz saxophonist Tony Craddock, Jr. Tony’s discovery of smooth jazz on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s” at age eight led him to the saxophone and cultivated his love for weather, culminating with him earning a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Cornell University. Now, he uplifts listeners with inspirational melodies that connect with emotions people experience from the weather, reaching U.S. audiences nationwide on Sirius XM Radio and Music Choice.
Tony released his third studio album H2O in March 2018, produced by chart-topping jazz guitarist Ken Navarro and featuring Grammy-winning saxophonist and gospel jazz trailblazer Kirk Whalum on a soul-stirring offering of “Amazing Grace.” The release earned Tony three nominations for the D.C. area Wammie Awards in the categories of best jazz album, best jazz song, and best jazz group with Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front. The lead single “Living Water” (featuring Navarro) airs on Sirius XM Watercolors, Music Choice Smooth Jazz and more than forty radio stations in the U.S., U.K., and Poland. “Living Water” peaked at #13 on the British Smooth Jazz chart and hit the Top 40 on the Radiowave Smooth Jazz chart. Craddock also renders his take on the New Edition classic “Can You Stand the Rain,” while penning originals, including two heartfelt vocal songs he accompanies on saxophone, “Abide in Me” and “Sunrise,” dedicated to his wife and daughter respectively.
In December 2018, Tony released a saxophone cover of the 2018 Dove Award-winning and Billboard Gospel #1 hit song “Won’t He Do It” (by Koryn Hawthorne), garnering the approval of the songwriter, Grammy Award-winning Makeba Riddick-Woods.
Tony has performed at City Winery D.C., Bethesda Blues & Jazz, Jazz in the Garden, Jazz in the Park, the U.S. Botanic Garden and National Harbor (Washington, D.C. area); The Tin Pan and CBS 6’s “Virginia This Morning” (Richmond, VA); Chateau Elan Winery & Resort (Braselton, GA); and events in Detroit, MI and Waco, TX. He has also been blessed to share the stage with award-winning artists Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Ken Navarro, Ben Tankard, Luther Barnes, Kim Jordan and actress/singer Rebecca Holden (Nightrider, General Hospital).
Tony leads the inspirational jazz band Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front. The band’s music blends jazz, gospel and R&B/soul, all genres which influence Tony’s music. “Cold fronts lift warm air in weather,” explains Tony. “We aim to lift people’s spirits through our music, just like a cold front.” He also serves as the musical director for the band which he has led since 2013.
“Craddock is one of the few remaining ‘smooth’ jazz artists who actually include the jazz root in their compositions,” said Ronald Jackson, of The Smooth Jazz Ride, when reviewing the H2O album. H2O is an inspirational tapestry of Tony’s musical influences, from jazz and gospel, to R&B and Latin. The album’s purpose is to remind all people that they are more alike than different. “Human nature fools us into focusing on our differences,” says Tony. “But beneath the surface we’re much the same, just like H2O.” Tony adds that water, ice and water vapor share the same molecular formula, H2O, despite their different appearances.
Tony is a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy (Washington, D.C. Chapter), as well an endorsing artist of the Fiberreed Carbon on alto saxophone.
Tony believes his music has nothing to do with him, but rather the gifts with which God has blessed him. He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and daughter.
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