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Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front is a dynamic band led by saxophonist Tony Craddock, Jr. Their music, which includes smooth jazz, classic R&B/soul, and gospel, connects the weather with inspirational life messages in order to uplift people, just as a cold front lifts warm air. His passion for music and weather began at age 8, courtesy of the smooth jazz heard on The Weather Channel's «Local on the 8's,» which led him to Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. After graduating, he founded the independent music label Cold Front Music, with the mission of uplifting and inspiring people with music that allows them to see their lives through weather. Tony's 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.
His influences include Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Charlie Parker, Ken Navarro and Pat Metheny, and he has performed with award-winning artists such as Ken Navarro, Kim Jordan, Ben Tankard and Luther Barnes. He also has performed throughout the Washington, DC area at the Verizon Center, U.S. Botanic Garden, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, National Mall.
Tony is a native of Northern Virginia, and currently lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife Danielle.