Kristian Naso is a Vancouver based trumpeter, composer, arranger, and educator who is currently a member of The Unsupervised, a contemporary Jazz quintet led by guitarist, Jeff Younger, and The Deep End, a seven-piece R&B, Soul, and Funk outfit fronted by the powerful and lovely, Dawn Pemberton.
Kristian graduated from Capilano College's acclaimed Jazz Studies degree program in 2004 and, while there, had the privilege of studying with some of Canada's finest trumpet players: Brad Turner, Robin Shier, and Kevin Elaschuk.
As a member of the Cap College A Band, under the direction of Rejean Marois, he performed with trombonist Hugh Fraser, clarinetist Phil Nimmons, and the legendary drummer Ed Thigpen (Oscar Peterson Trio).
As a member of The Unsupervised, Kristian has toured and performed across Canada. In 2011the band was nominated for the Grand Prix du Jazz Award and Galaxie Award for Composition at the 2011 Montreal International Jazz Festival, and was featured on the festival's main stage on Canada Day. During that tour they also had feature performances at the Ottawa and Halifax jazz festivals, and had played shows in Toronto, Moncton and Fredericton. In 2011 the band also recorded ELEVATOR, a limited edition CD, showcasing new material composed by Jeff Younger while on retreat at the Banff Centre.
As an arranger (specializing in horn arrangements) and session player, Kristian has contributed to numerous studio recordings that span the musical spectrum. Most recently he wrote the horn parts and played on the celebrated 2011 release by Warren Dean Flandez, Vintage Love.