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“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 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
Tony Craddock, Jr. is an emerging jazz saxophonist whose weather-inspired jazz brightens the atmosphere. He is also the bandleader and musical director of Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front.
Tony released his third 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.”
H2O‘s radio single, “Living Water” (featuring Ken Navarro) was written by Tony, 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 earlier 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.
Some of Tony’s performances include the National Anthem for the Washington Wizards and Mystics; headlining at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Jazz in the Garden, Jazz in the Park, U.S. Botanic Garden, and the National Harbor (Washington, D.C. Metro Area); The Tin Pan (Richmond, VA), Chateau Elan Resort & Winery (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 Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Ken Navarro, Kim Jordan, Ben Tankard, Luther Barnes and 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. Tony is a native of Woodbridge, VA and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife and daughter.
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Sirius XM Watercolors, Music Choice Smooth Jazz, and more than 70 radio stations in the U.S., UK, and Poland, Pandora Radio, The Weather Channel “Local on the 8s”
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