Tony Craddock, Jr.

Tony Craddock, Jr.

 Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
BandJazzGospel

Tony's music is an organic intersection of jazz, weather, and faith. His music is like a story has a multidimensional message, yet allows listeners to engage in the story at whatever level they choose. He is comfortable in a variety of musical settings and balances melody and inprovisation well.

Biography

Warm, smooth, and moving are just a few words that come to mind when you hear the soothing saxophone of Tony Craddock, Jr. Wrapping emotive tones around inspiring melodies is what he has been gifted to do. Tonys goal is not just to relax the listener, but also to uplift and encourage. After success with his debut album "Christmas In The Air", he is excited about the recent release of his multidimensional-themed sophomore album "Convection".

"Convection" is an organic intersection of jazz, weather, and faith. The album is very unique, as it gives the listener the option to engage in the music at whatever level(s) they choose. Tony says, When you read a novel, you dont 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. Tony uses song titles related to weather, then connects them to Biblical scriptures, in order to illustrate the stories of life in a spiritual and intellectual way. With a central theme of God's love conveyed through the imagery of weather, this album touts energetic and relaxing originals, along with creative arrangements of gospel favorites You Brought The Sunshine (The Clark Sisters) and "Let It Rise" (Stephen Hurd). The lyrical nylon-string acoustic guitar of award-winning contemporary jazz great Ken Navarro is featured on the mid-tempo waltz "1102 Bradfield Hall", a song where Tony pays homage to the classroom at Cornell University where many of his meteorology classes were taken. Up-and-coming Philadelphia vocalist, Ashli Rice is introduced to the masses on "Wind At My Back", as she communicates a story about persevering through the storms of life. All 10 songs on "Convection" were co-produced and co-arranged by the creative duo of Tony and associate producer/keyboardist Ricchye Ric.

"Christmas In The Air" has become a best-seller at stores in the Washington D.C. area, defined by its creative and upbeat arrangements. The Weather Channel Local on the 8s has featured its songs for two years in a row on their December 2011 and 2012 playlists. The album found a home on Billboards Smooth Jazz Most Added, and SmoothJazz.coms Most Added and Top 10 SPINcrease charts throughout the 2012 holiday season, in addition to receiving airplay on nearly 50 terrestrial and Internet radio stations, including stations in Spain and the United Kingdom.

Born and raised in Northern Virginia, just south of Washington, D.C., Tonys musical gifting began at the age of twelve. A few years later, he began playing saxophone at his home church. He has always had a passion for meteorology and largely credits The Weather Channels Local on the 8s, which features contemporary jazz music, as his initial inspiration for exploring music. As a teenager, he organized an instrumental trio to play inspirational songs at nursing home facilities throughout the D.C. Metro area. Community involvement such as this and superior academic achievements led to his feature in EBONY Magazines June 2006 Edition as one of the Top 35 Black High School Students in America.

Tony took his talents in music and meteorology to Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science in May 2010. The saxophone became an undeniable part of his identity as the saxophonist for Cornells Chosen Generation Gospel Choir and co-founder of the instrumental ensemble After Six, which became a registered student organization under his leadership, and has opened for R&B singer Goapele. While at Cornell, he was also initiated into the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in Fall 2009. He followed-up on his undergraduate studies by earning a Master of Public Health degree from George Mason University in May 2013.

He has performed at several venues in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area including the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Summer Jazz Series (Reagan National and Dulles Airports), Verizon Center, Howard University, National Harbor, Town of Dumfries Summer Concert Series, and WUSA TV-9. Among the highlights of his musical career, in October 2011, he opened for Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning gospel pianist Ben Tankard.

Tony believes that his music has nothing to do with him, but rather the gifts with which God has blessed him. He says, I believe that music should reflect who you are. For me, spirituality is a big part of who I am and that cant help but be reflected in my music." Some of his musical influences include Boney James, Pat Metheny, Kirk Whalum, Kenny Garrett, Robert Glasper, and Tye Tribbett. Tony hopes to create a sound that has, a consistent blend of melodic simplicity, technical creativity, and the depth and richness of Anita Bakers voice.

Discography

Convection - May 2013
*Accepted on Pandora Radio (will be available soon)

Christmas In The Air - November 2011
*Available on Pandora Radio on "Tony Craddock, Jr. (Holiday) Radio"
*Featured on The Weather Channel in December 2011 & 2012
*Airplay on nearly 50 terrestrial and internet radio stations, including stations in the U.S., Spain, and the United Kingdom

Set List

Sample set list below. For a full list, please contact booking@tonycraddockjr.com.

Traditional Jazz
Recordame - Joe Henderson
Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet
Blue Bossa - Kenny Dorham

Contemporary Jazz
Rain Dance - Jeff Lorber Fusion
Rise - Herb Alpert
After Hours - Ronny Jordan

R&B
People Make the World Go Round - Stylistics
I Can't Help It - Michael Jackson

Gospel
Thank You Lord - Walter Hawkins
Best In Me - Marvin Sapp

Pop
How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
I Don't Know Why - Eagles
Maria, Maria - Carlos Santana