Tony Craddock, Jr. is a rising inspirational jazz saxophonist whose music connects the weather with life messages that uplift people, just as a cold front lifts warm air. He is also the bandleader and musical director of Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front.
Tony is currently recording his third studio album (produced by award-winning jazz guitarist Ken Navarro), which is set for release in 2018. His first two albums Convection (2013) and Christmas in the Air (2011) are featured on Pandora Radio, and have aired on 45 terrestrial and online radio stations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Spain. Christmas in the Air has also aired on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s.”
Some of Tony’s performances include the National Anthem for the NBA and WNBA; venues throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro Area including Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Blues Alley, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, U.S. Botanic Garden, National Mall, and National Harbor; and special events in Detroit, MI, Waco, TX, and Braselton, GA. He has also shared the stage with award-winning artists Ken Navarro, Kim Jordan, Ben Tankard, and Luther Barnes.
His passions for music and weather began at age 8, courtesy of the smooth jazz on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s,” which eventually led him to Cornell University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. After graduating, he founded the independent music label Cold Front Music, with the mission of uplifting and inspiring people with music that allows them to see their lives through the weather. Tony’s achievements in music entertainment and education earned him the “Forty Under 40 Award” from Potomac Local News, and the Minerva Award from the Prince William County (VA) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Tony believes his music has nothing to do with him, but rather the gifts with which God has blessed him. His musical influences include Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Charlie Parker, Ken Navarro, and Pat Metheny. He hopes to create a sound with, “a consistent blend of melodic simplicity, technical creativity, and the depth and richness of Anita Baker’s voice.” Tony is a native of Northern Virginia, and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife Danielle.
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Listen to Tony’s story here in his interview with Talking Smooth Jazz!
“Tony Craddock Jr. is a unique blend of contradictions. Science and saxophone. Meteorology and music.”
– Tamika Matthews, InsideNova.com