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

Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
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)
Dr. Dog
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)
Top 89 of 2014
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)
With their second full offering, Broken Bells (Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, and James Mercer) are at the top of their game, letting go of any former walls and perfectly blending their musical worlds together. (02/17/2014)
How do Jill and Steve prepare for the Member Drive? This 80s-style montage video takes you behind the scenes. (02/13/2014)
The Morning Show's Assistant Producer and Host Jade shares her top albums and songs of 2013. (12/02/2013)
Chris Ryding, founder of Minneapolis Underground 'zine and Compilation Volume One, talks to Steve Seel and Jill Riley about launching a fanzine and digital album in support of local bands known for playing smaller venues. Minneapolis Underground has its release party planned for Thursday, Oct. 10, at Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis. (10/09/2013)
Can Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros break free from the shadow of the behemoth success of their single "Home"? In their latest self-titled album, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros may have found something a little bit better: an album that can take the live essence of the band and feature it in a way that feels entirely sincere, experimental, and fun. (07/22/2013)
The band that used to sound free flowing and lo-fi now has an orchestrated feel with broader instrumentation and tighter playing. (01/27/2013)
Today Lynne spoke to The Morning Show's Steve Seel about giving the gift of food. They discuss the different local food options you can gift this holiday season. (12/19/2012)
Today John Moe chatted with The Morning Show's Steve Seel and Jill Riley about Walmart's huge promotion with Facebook and they look at ways to get help this holiday season if you are feeling a little overwhelmed. (12/18/2012)
Today Michael Rand chatted with The Morning Show's Steve Seel and Jill Riley about the return of local favorites to the field, and Chris Kluwe's recent tweet rants about focus. (12/17/2012)