Jade  

Jade  

Host, The Current
Minnesota Public Radio
jade@mpr.org


A Minnesota native, Jade, dove into the local music scene early on. Her first love was dance, which she brought to her middle school and Central High School’s Blackbox concerts. While studying journalism at the University of Kansas, she kept her Minnesota ties close as an intern for 2024 Records, while booking bands like Spoon and Sharon Jones to play at her university. Minnesota pulled her back after graduation and she worked promoting independent musicians to radio stations across the nation with Tinderbox Music. Starting at The Current as an overnight host in 2008, Jade continued her work to promote Minnesota artists by curating musical events around the cities, most notably the Summit Backyard Bash and Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue Project (where she dug into the Frogtown music scene and created a soundtrack to the art show and live event series). She organized and booked The Current’s Road Trip, a Legacy-funded project that showcased Minnesota artists around the state. That led her to work as the principal at Minnesota Music Coalition, taking it from an idea to a stable and functioning non-profit. She recently won a Knight Foundation grant to put together art-filled pop-up events in St. Paul.

Jade   Feature Archive

The Velvet Underground
Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting the Velvet Undergroud. (05/20/2015)
Coffee Break
As the most popular baby names in Minnesota for 2014 were released, it got us thinking how many songs there are that have a name as the title or mention a name in the title. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have a name in the title? Send us your requests. (05/18/2015)
Jay's Longhorn Bar
Tomorrow is Minnesota Music Day, but let's get the party started early: For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by local bands who got their start by playing at the Longhorn? Send us your requests. (05/15/2015)
We're starting a book club! Our first pick for The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club is Kim Gordon's memoir 'Girl in a Band.' (05/04/2015)
Following the release of Blur's first album in 12 years, guitarist Graham Coxon joined The Current's Jade via telephone to talk about how 'The Magic Whip' came together and about his vision of the simple life. (05/01/2015)
Up-and-coming act Elle King stopped by The Current to perform tracks off her debut full-length <em>Love Stuff</em> and to chat with host Jade. (04/24/2015)
2015 brought us <em>Vestiges & Claws</em>, Jose Gonzalez's first solo record in nearly eight years. Jose and his band stopped by The Current to perform tracks off the album live in-studio and to chat with Jade between his two sold out shows at the Cedar Cultural Center. (04/20/2015)
George Lewis Jr., better knows as Twin Shadow, is an ambitious person. "I hate feeling stagnant," he says. "It's this thing that kind of torments me a little bit." Twin Shadow and his band visited The Current early this morning ahead of their show tonight at First Avenue in Minneapolis. (04/13/2015)
In anticipation of the concert tonight in honor of First Avenue's 45th anniversary, Har Mar Superstar stops into The Current's studio to talk to Jade about what people can expect tonight. "Tigers and elephants released into the crowd," he jokes. "Lots of injuries." Find out what's really going to happen this evening by checking out the interview. (04/03/2015)
As St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman stops by The Current's Morning Show to talk about exciting things happening in the capital city, we're wondering, what songs that name-check St. Paul or are about St. Paul places do you want to hear? (03/04/2015)
While they were in town to play the Turf Club and First Avenue, three members of Dr. Dog stopped by The Current's studios to pick a set of songs to share with our audience. (02/13/2015)
Host and producer of The Current's Morning Show Jade shares her top albums and songs of 2014. (12/01/2014)
Singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen - aka Bahamas - stopped by The Current studio for a live session and an interview with Jade before playing a sold-out show at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. (10/24/2014)
Yes, you can enjoy Alt-J without knowing the lyrics, but you are missing out on some witty and smart moments. These guys are the Wes Anderson of music: they are self-referential; they allude to poets, books, movies and photographs; and they know how to twist the mundane into a crafty turn of phrase. (10/20/2014)
In town to play a show tonight at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Sondre Lerche stopped by The Current's studio to talk to Jade about his new album, 'Please'. (10/17/2014)