“The maturity of his vision for life and music is quite compelling, and is born out in the sound of his horn…he is destined, in my opinion, to touch many for the Lover of Souls.”— Kirk Whalum, Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist & Composer
Tony Craddock, Jr. is an emerging jazz saxophonist whose music uplifts people, like a cold front lifts warm air. He is also the bandleader and musical director of Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front.
Tony released his third studio album H2O on March 16, 2018, produced by his friend and mentor, chart-topping jazz guitarist Ken Navarro, and featuring Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum on a soul-stirring arrangement of “Amazing Grace.” The album also features the powerful vocals of Cold Front member Ashli Rice on “Abide in Me” and “Sunrise,” two original songs written by Tony which are dedicated to his wife and daughter respectively.
“Tony not only makes me proud to be his mentor but he makes me proud to be a member of the human race. Tony played absolutely beautifully…and his spirit and passion for life, and love shined on a very fortunate audience and me.” – Ken Navarro, on the H2O album release concert
H2O‘s radio single, “Living Water” (featuring Ken Navarro), has aired on Sirius XM Watercolors, Music Choice Smooth Jazz and more than 30 radio stations in the United States, United Kingdom and Poland. Tony’s previous releases Convection (2013) and Christmas in the Air (2011) have aired on The Weather Channel, Pandora Radio, and 65 radio stations in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain.
To learn about the H2O album story, watch this video.
Some of Tony’s performances include the National Anthem for the NBA and WNBA; venues in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area including Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, National Gallery of Art, U.S. Botanic Garden and the National Harbor; and special events in Michigan, Texas, and Georgia. He has also shared the stage with award-winning artists Ken Navarro, Kim Jordan, Ben Tankard, Luther Barnes, and renowned actress/singer Rebecca Holden (Nightrider, General Hospital).
His passions for music and weather began at age eight courtesy of the smooth jazz on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s,” eventually leading him to Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. After graduating, he founded the independent music label Cold Front Music, LLC with the mission of uplifting people with music that inspires them through the weather.
Tony believes his music has nothing to do with him, but rather the gifts with which God has blessed him. 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 Woodbridge, VA and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife and daughter.
To view Tony’s press kit, click here.
“A warm night outside met a cool set inside, and the contrast was much appreciated — as was the impressive set by the weatherman with a penchant for sax and smooth jazz.” — Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride.