Jade started her love for music off at a young age as a flautist before venturing on to the tenor saxophone at age 13. She went on to study at Dartington College of Arts as an undergraduate where she gained a BA(hons) in Music (professional practice). During her time at Dartington, she continued her jazz studies privately with jazz saxophonist Martin Dale, who was the first person to introduce her to the wonderful world of jazz improvisation. She later went on to study the saxophone at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she studied under classical saxophonists Lara James and Gerard McChrystal. She graduated as a Master of Arts in music performance in 2013.
Jade is a member of acclaimed ska band The Simmertones, who regularly perform across the country to sell out crowds, including many prestigious events such as the London International Ska Festival and Boomtown Fair. You can hear Jade playing flute on their new single Run For Your Life which is available for download now and has already received air play on BBC Radio 2.
Although Jade can be seen performing in many horn sections across the country, she is still heavily involved with her classical roots. She has been a regular performing at Dartmouth Music Festival and Calstock Arts, aswell as performing during part of the Welsh Proms on the Lefel 1 stage where she premiered Marianna Filippi’s ‘Meandering Impressions: A Love Poem’ for tenor saxophone and piano.
Jade regularly performs on the South West scene and across the country, performing as a guest artist or with her Quintet. She is also privileged to perform in various horn sections with many local bands and across the country, including London based touring companies, The Magic of Motown Show and the Soul Legends Show. She has also performed with the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra with artists such as singer Clare Teal, pianist Jason Rebello and saxophonist and composer Duncan Lamont. She is also the tenor saxophone player for the new Stevie Wonder Tribute Show which kicks off in September 2017.
Jade is also a keen educator, she is a private tutor and is currently the flute tutor at Plymouth University.