Tony Craddock, Jr. is an emerging jazz saxophonist/recording artist, whose music connects the weather with messages to 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 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 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Spain. Christmas in the Air has also aired on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8’s.”
A few of Tony’s performances include the National Anthem for the NBA and WNBA; and headlining at venues throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro Area including Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Blues Alley, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, U.S. Botanic Garden, and 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, 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.” He later earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Cornell University, and after graduating, he founded the indie label Cold Front Music. Tony believes his music has nothing to do with him, but rather the gifts with which God has blessed him. Tony is a native of Northern Virginia, and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife and daughter.
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“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. Read the full review here!
“Tony Craddock Jr. is a unique blend of contradictions. Science and saxophone. Meteorology and music.” – Tamika Matthews, InsideNova.com
Pandora Radio – Convection and Christmas in the Air The Weather Channel “Local on the 8s” – Christmas in the Air 45 terrestrial and online radio stations in the United States, United Kingdom, and Spain – including WJAB/Huntsville, AL; WFSK/Nashville, TN; KTSU/Houston, TX; and WEIB/Springfield, MA)
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Concerts & Festivals / Conferences & Special Events STEM & Music Workshops for Youth – Past workshops include 2016 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bring Your Kids to Work Day and the 2014 STEM Mania Summer Camp at George Mason University)