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Shirantha Beddage

JUNO-nominated musician Shirantha Beddage is a saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto, Canada. Drawing inspiration from jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Pepper Adams and Thelonious Monk, he is being hailed by critics as a fresh and powerful voice on the baritone saxophone.

Shirantha is an active performer and recording artist, both as a leader and a sideman. His latest CD, Identity (Addo Records, 2012), was nominated for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year at the 2013 JUNO Awards. Shirantha’s debut album, Roots and Branches, was released internationally by Jazz Excursion Records in 2007. His upcoming album, Momentum, featuring drummer Will Kennedy of the Yellowjackets, is due for release in 2016. In addition to his own groups, Shirantha currently performs and records with the Nancy Walker Quintet, the Mike Downes Parallel Streams Ensemble and Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Orchestra.

His musical compositions have been featured by numerous ensembles across Canada and the United States, ranging from small group to big band. His compositions have earned him accolades such as the 2013 Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Raymond and Maxine Schumer Award in Jazz Composition at the Eastman School of Music. He has also written commercially for film and television; in 2014, he composed and performed original jazz quintet music for the Emmy-nominated FX original series “Fargo”, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman.

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“Shirantha Beddage brings fresh ideas to the mainstream world and comes highly recommended.” — Cadence Magazine

“Beddage has a well-developed identity on the demanding baritone, playing with real power…” — The Whole Note Magazine

“…An example of what a powerful and modern bari tone could be… (Identity) has some of the hippest grooves I’ve heard on a jazz album in a while…” —

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, baritone



Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Shirantha Beddage is available for private lessons, either in person or via online applications such as Skype or Facetime. Areas of instruction include saxophone, piano, improvisation, ear training, theory and composition. Lesson fees are payable through cheque or via Paypal.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Shirantha is available for clinics and workshops on a variety of subjects. He is an experienced adjudicator, having worked with numerous jazz ensembles at the high school, middle school and college level in the United States and Canada

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Self Produced



Self Produced



Addo Records


Roots and Branches

Jazz Excursion Records


The Long Goodbye

From: Momentum
By Shirantha Beddage



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