“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 saxophonist whose weather-inspired jazz brightens and lightens the atmosphere. 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, Chart-Topping and Award-Winning Jazz Guitarist (on the H2O album release concert)
H2O‘s radio single, “Living Water” (featuring Ken Navarro), was written by Tony and 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.
H2O also features the New Edition classic, “Can You Stand the Rain,” along with original songs written by Tony, Ken Navarro, and Los Angeles-based songwriter/conducter Jonathan Merrill. “The diversity of music on the album is a reflection of my musical interests and influences,” said Tony. “There are jazz, Latin-inspired, pop, R&B and gospel songs, which are knit together through the melodic saxophone and spirit of love in the music.”
To learn about the H2O album story, watch this video.
Some of Tony’s performances include the National Anthem for the NBA and WNBA; Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, National Gallery of Art, and the National Harbor (Washington D.C. area); The Tin Pan (Richmond, VA); Chateau Elan Winery & Resort (Braselton, GA); and special events in Detroit, MI and Waco, TX. He has also appeared on CBS 6 Richmond’s “Virginia This Morning,” and 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.