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TONY CRADDOCK, JR. – BIOGRAPHY

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“Connecting weather and life through music …”

Tony Craddock, Jr. is a contemporary and inspirational jazz saxophonist who connects the sight, sound, and stories of weather with life experiences to encourage people and unify communities.  His sophomore album Convection threads the wonder of weather into the narrative of each song, 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 Craddock. 

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 was 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 solutions 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 commitment to educating youth in the arts won him the Minerva Award from the Prince William County (VA) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Tony developed a passion for music and meteorology concurrently at the age of 8, courtesy of the smooth jazz on The Weather Channel “Local on the 8s.” The connection in his mind between the two became inseparable. He took his talents in music and meteorology to Cornell University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology in 2010. He also earned a Master of Public Health degree from George Mason University in 2013.

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, Pat Metheny, Robert Glasper, and Tye Tribbett.  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 lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife Danielle.

“Tony Craddock Jr. is a unique blend of contradictions. Science and saxophone. Meteorology and music.”
– Tamika Matthews, InsideNova.com

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