At what point does the world’s background music become a musician’s foreground music? Or, more specifically, where does a life in smooth jazz begin?

For Tony Craddock Jr., a 30-year-old soprano saxophonist from Northern Virginia, it all starts more than two decades ago on an afternoon in the third grade when a thunderstorm suddenly came gnashing over the roof of his elementary school. Craddock wanted to know more about what a thunderstorm actually was, “so when I got home, I turned on the Weather Channel,” he says. “That pairing of smooth jazz and the weather . . . It created this synergy that stuck with me.”

Can you even imagine? Having your childhood wonderment over the mysterious elemental forces that shape life on this blue-green dot instantly fused with a style of music that most people associate with being put on hold while some customer service representative looks up an insurance policy number?

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After that, Craddock’s story only gets more perfect. He took up the saxophone in sixth grade, and he continued to play with gusto through his college years at Cornell — where he eventually earned his B.S. in meteorology. After graduation, his parents helped him buy a soprano saxophone. He’s been thinking about the contact points between jazz and the weather ever since. And yes, Craddock still loves a gnarly thunderstorm, but, “my music is definitely more on the soothing side,” he says.

Show: Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. $25-$35.

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