“The maturity of his vision for life and music is quite compelling and is born out in the sound of his horn,” says Grammy® award-winning saxophonist & composer Kirk Whalum about emerging jazz saxophonist Tony Craddock, Jr. Tony’s discovery of smooth jazz on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s” at age eight led him to the saxophone and eventually to Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. Now, he uplifts listeners with inspirational music that connects with emotions people experience from the weather, reaching more than 20,000 monthly listeners through Spotify, Pandora Radio and other streaming outlets.

Tony’s newest album H2O (released in 2018) is produced by chart-topping jazz guitarist Ken Navarro and features Kirk Whalum on a soul stirring offering of “Amazing Grace.” The lead single “Living Water” (featuring Navarro) has aired on Sirius XM Watercolors, Music Choice Smooth Jazz and more than forty radio stations in the U.S., U.K. and Poland. He prior releases include Convection (2013), and Christmas in the Air (2011), which aired on The Weather Channel “Local on the 8s,” bringing Tony’s musical journey full circle to the place where his love for weather and music began.

Tony also released a saxophone cover of the 2018 Dove Award-winning and Billboard Gospel #1 hit song “Won’t He Do It” (by Koryn Hawthorne), garnering the approval of the songwriter, Grammy Award-winning Makeba Riddick-Woods.

Tony has performed at Bethesda Blues & Jazz, Blues Alley, the National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden concern series and other notable venues in the D.C. area, Mid-Atlantic and South. He has also been blessed to share the stage with award-winning artists Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Ken Navarro, Ben Tankard, Luther Barnes and Kim Jordan.

Tony leads the inspirational jazz band Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front, which blends jazz, gospel and R&B/soul. He is a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy and an endorsing artist of the Fiberreed Carbon.

Tony believes his music has nothing to do with him, but rather the gifts with which God has blessed him. He is a native of Woodbridge, VA and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and daughter.