One stormy afternoon at the age of eight, Tony discovered smooth jazz on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s.” His life would never be the same. The catchy melodies in the background of the forecast segments led him to the saxophone and his passions for music and meteorology became inseparable. These interests followed him to Cornell University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science and founded the student-led jazz/soul ensemble, After Six. Now, he uses his saxophone to usher a breeze of inspiration into the minds and souls of listeners — a sound he calls “Cold Front Music.”
He has headlined at some of the premiere jazz clubs and concert series in the U.S., including City Winery D.C., Bethesda Blues & Jazz, The Tin Pan, and D.C.’s Jazz in the Garden. Tony has also performed the national anthem for the NBA and WNBA, and shared his music at church worship services and events throughout the Mid-Atlantic. His band, Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front, blends jazz, gospel and R&B/soul, and makes uplifting, weather-themed storytelling a staple their shows. He has been blessed to share the stage with award-winning artists Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Ken Navarro, Ben Tankard, Luther Barnes, Kim Jordan, and Kayla Waters.