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

Lianne La Havas, 'Blood'
Lianne La Havas's second album could be the release that brings her serious fame. The singer has power, strength and control of her voice -- a skill set that may establish her as a defining voice in the music world. (08/03/2015)
Chubby Checker Twist
For today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention specific dances. Send us your requests ... then be prepared to roll back the rugs and move it to the music when we play these tracks for you after 9:30. (07/30/2015)
Coffee Break
After Glamour magazine found itself embroiled in a recent flap when it published an anachronistic list of of relationship tips (since retracted), it reminded us there are a lot of songs that feature advice on matters of the heart. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that dispense relationship advice? Send us your requests. (07/29/2015)
Let's celebrate 4th of July with musical fireworks! For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that include musical explosions? Send us your requests. (07/02/2015)
Happy Canada Day! For today's Coffee Break, let's celebrate Canada: What songs by Canadian artists do you want to hear? Send us your requests. (07/01/2015)
Let's all send some positive energy out into the atmosphere as we hope for a sunny weekend for Rock the Garden. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs for sunshine do you want to hear? Send us your requests. (06/19/2015)
All this talk about Rock the Garden has us thinking a lot about actual gardens and the flowers and plants that grow in them. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention flowers or other plants? Send us your request. (06/18/2015)
As Team Current makes its way back from the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., Jade takes some time to send a dispatch that recaps the team's final day amid spectacular sets of music and a few famous faces in the crowd. 'It's the weird surprises that make Bonnaroo something special,' Jade writes. (06/15/2015)
The Current's Jade, travelling with staffers David Safar and Matt Perkins, gives a day 1 recap of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Listen on Friday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as Jade broadcasts live from Bonnaroo, sharing updates and insights about the artists performing there. (06/12/2015)
After playing the First Avenue mainroom last week in support of their 'Zaba' album, Dave Bayley and Joe Seaward of Glass Animals stopped by The Current to take over our airwaves and to play songs by some of their favorite artists. (06/09/2015)
While Matt and Kim were in town to play Mill City Nights, they stopped by The Current's studio to take over the airwaves with a Theft of the Dial featuring their favorite tracks by other artists. (06/05/2015)
The Rolling Stones play tonight at the TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what Rolling Stones songs do you want to hear? Send us your requests. (06/03/2015)
On the day Dawes release their fourth studio album, 'All Your Favorite Bands', Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes joins Jade by telephone to talk about the new record and the band's plans for touring in support of it. "As of now, I can't wait to play music every night," Goldsmith says. (06/02/2015)
With the NBA and NHL going into their final series, and students in colleges and high schools finishing their final exams, we got to thinking about songs that finish loudly and strongly. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have big finishes? Send us your requests. (06/02/2015)
Has there ever been a song you thought was about one thing but turned out to be about something else? For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that sounded like they were about a particular subject but turned out to be about a completely different topic? Send us your requests and share how you misinterpreted the song. (06/01/2015)