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bio images“Music and stories of weather that uplift the soul.”

Tony Craddock, Jr. is a contemporary and inspirational jazz saxophonist who connects stories of weather with life experiences to uplift people. The connection in his mind between music and weather began at age 8, courtesy of smooth jazz on The Weather Channel “Local on the 8s,” and eventually led him to Cornell University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.

His sophomore album Convection threads the wonder of weather into each song’s narrative, illustrating how the natural power of convection is activated within us when our convictions motivate us to live purposefully. “When you read a novel, you don’t take it at face value; you dig deeper to find out what the author is really communicating. I would like for people to approach my music with the same attitude of discovery in mind,” said Tony.

Convection (2013) and Christmas in the Air (2011) put Tony’s imagination front and center as a saxophonist, songwriter, producer, and arranger. Award-winning jazz guitarist Ken Navarro appears on Convection, along with gospel covers of “You Brought the Sunshine” and “Let It Rise.” Both albums are aired on Pandora Radio, and Christmas in the Air has aired on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s”. Christmas in the Air also garnered 50 spins on terrestrial and online radio stations. Tony is currently recording his third studio project, which will communicate how answers to the intercultural communication challenges of our time are hiding in plain sight, within the world of weather.

Tony has performed throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro Area at the Verizon Center, U.S. Botanic Garden, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, National Mall, and the National Harbor. He has also had the honor to perform with award-winning artists such as Ken Navarro, Kim Jordan, Ben Tankard, and Luther Barnes.  Tony leads his band “Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front,” and his 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 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, 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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“Tony Craddock Jr. is a unique blend of contradictions. Science and saxophone. Meteorology and music.”
– Tamika Matthews,

Stephanie May
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