Jane Gazzo (born 1977) is an Australian television presenter, radio presenter, performance and club DJ, television personality, voice artist, author, and music journalist.
Gazzo graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Cinema.
It was in her mature teenage years that she joined 3RRR Radio in Melbourne, presenting a Sunday afternoon (4pm-7pm) new music show called Calamity.
She also began contributing stories to the UK's Q Magazine and Dolly Australia under the name Calamity Jane.
She later became a national celebrity in her native Australia as a result of her national radio and TV shows, including Triple J radio's Super Request and Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV's cult, live, three-hour Saturday morning program, Recovery. It was on this TV show that she interviewed some of the world's biggest international bands as they toured Australia.
In 1992, Jane formed a punk band "Rubher" as lead singer. They released 2 eps through Mushroom Records before disbanding in 1996. In May 2018, Jane reformed the group for a one-off show with The Mavis's.
In 1998, Jane recorded with Australian band Underground Lovers, under the Japanese pseudonym "Mitsuame"; covering Can's 1976 song "I Want More" (from their album, Flow Motion)
Move to England in 1999
Jane relocated to London, England in 1999 with a box of specially selected records, sharing a flat with The Prodigy founding member and former dancer Sharky.
In London, she originally worked numerous jobs. Representative of these were a summer at the Rough Trade record shop, promotions at Virgin Records and a DJ at Alan McGee's Death Disco.
In 2000 she became a presenter on the London radio station, XFM (Weekend Breakfast). Her time there also included a three-week stint producing Russell Brand on-air before he was sacked by the station for bringing in a homeless man. She later joined its parent station Capital FM, presenting the Capital Top 30 Album Chart Show and The Rock Show.
Jane made her UK Television debut in 2001 presenting an eight-part music series called "Play Loud" on BBC TV, Channel "Play UK".
In 2001 she also briefly worked for Courtney Love, sharing a London house with the former Hole lead singer.
Jane has done reporting from important music festivals and award shows in the United Kingdom and Australia, including Glastonbury Music Festival, Reading Music Festival, the BRIT Awards, The Metal Hammer Awards, The NME awards and the Mercury Music Awards, and in 2004 she was invited to be a judge at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.
Her presenting work has also led to involvement with charities. In February 2006 she hosted the first ever Cancer Research UK "Rock Memorabilia" auction at Abbey Road Studios helping to raise £130,000.
She joined BBC Radio 6 Music in 2002, and presented Jane Gazzo's Dream Ticket from June 2004 to September 2005. In addition, Jane presented other varied BBC Radio 6 Music shows and specials.
In a 23 May 2005 article in The Independent (UK), Jane Gazzo's Dream Ticket radio show was mentioned in a characterisation of BBC Radio 6 Music as:
The best thing is Dream Ticket, where you imagine you're at some of the greatest gigs ever. …
In December 2005, she returned to the airwaves on BBC Radio 6 Music, presenting the mid-morning show during the holidays as well as joining BBC Radio 6 Music's "Music Week" show, previewing gigs and music events around the UK as well as presenting other specialist music shows.
In 2006 Jane presented pre-recorded music shows on VH-2 TV in the UK as well as the 'Download' in-flight radio show on Emirates Airlines (described as "the best modern rock and alternative from some of today's top bands").
In January 2007 she joined Rockworld TV, presenting and interviewing various artists.
Jane DJ'd at various festivals and venues around the UK including All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in Camber Sands as well as Death Disco, Camden Lock, Keston Lodge, Latitude Festival and Defectors Weld venues in London.
Return to Australia in 2007
In May 2007 Jane returned to Australia to join Foxtel music Channel V as daily presenter and VJ. She co-hosted the 'whatUwant' daily request show, as well as artist and festival specials. Her first major broadcast for Channel [V] was presenting the network's Live Earth coverage from Sydney Football Stadium on 7 July 2007. She has also presented from the Homebake festival, Splendour in the Grass, the ARIA Awards red carpet, Sound Relief and the Big Day Out.
She was voted No. 24 Sexiest Woman in the World by Australian FHM Magazine in June 2009.
From late 2010, Jane became a co-host on Channel [V]'s The Riff. She shared the presentation job with Danny Clayton, Billy Russell and Kyle Linahan (later replaced by Carrissa Walford.) The programme was broadcast weekly on Saturday mornings. She also hosted the daily music news programme "WTF" three times a week.
On 16 June 2012, Gazzo moved to Max, a 24-hour music platform on Foxtel as a full-time host and VJ, presenting countdowns and interviews.
In February 2015, Jane was appointed morning presenter on Triple M in Melbourne. She also hosted the national Australian music show "Homegrown" and the syndicated celebrity show "My Generation". After 3 years, Gazzo left the station to concentrate on freelancing media work.
In August 2019, Jane was chosen as the opening DJ for Hugh Jackman, on the Melbourne leg of his Australian concerts at Rod Laver Arena, playing 6 shows as his main support act.
Her first book, a biography of Australian singer John Farnham, John Farnham: The Untold Story, was released in February 2015 through Random House.
Gazzo was born and raised in Melbourne and is the daughter of a Melbourne clothes designer.
Since 2015, Jane has served on the board of management for government youth organisation The Push.
She is related to the late American actor, Michael V. Gazzo.
Selected film and television
Music video appearances
- (1991) 'Hell Hoping' - The Welcome Mat
- (1992) 'Spirit of Man' - The Truth (Australian band)
- (2016) 'Down Like Flies' - Scott Darlow
- (2018) 'Don't Lose It' - The Living End
In June 2011 and 2012 Gazzo was nominated for Favourite Female Television Personality at the 9th & 10th Annual Astra Awards.
In August 2018 and 2019 Gazzo, along with co-host Phil O'Neil was nominated for an ACRA award for Best Syndicated Radio Program for 'My Generation' on the Triple M network at the 30th and 31st ACRA's.
In September 2019, Jane Gazzo was nominated for the Music Journalist Award at the 2nd Annual Women in Australian Music Awards.
- Gazzo, Jane, "John Farnham: The Untold Story", North Sydney, N.S.W. : Penguin Random House Australia, 2 November 2015. 336pp. ISBN 9780857986573.
CV's and biographies
- Jane Gazzo on IMDb
- "Recovery's Jane Gazzo Is Getting Her Band Back Together", themusic.com.au, 11 April 2018
- "Jane Gazzo: Radio Host Triple M". oneofone.com.au, 18 June 2015.
- "Jane Gazzo on how to Forge an Enduring Career in the Music Biz" , Pedestrian Daily September 2013
- "Even Finance can Rock'n'Roll", The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 February 2012. Interview with Jane Gazzo.
- "Jane Gazzo on her Media Career Highlights" , FasterLouder, April 2012
- "Little things we like: Jane Gazzo", by Phil Daoust, The Guardian, Friday, 1 October 2004.
- "Accidents will happen", by Jane Gazzo, The Guardian, Wednesday, 1 September 2004. Article on the Dream Ticket show and its listeners.
- Leith, William, "Rockabye Babes – Women in UK Radio", The Observer, Sunday, 4 February 2001.
Interviews and reviews
By Jane Gazzo
- July 2019 interview with Kate Ceberano by Jane Gazzo
- May 2019 interview with Deborah Conway by Jane Gazzo
- November 2006 interview of The Klaxons by Jane Gazzo
- November 2006 review of The Flaming Lips by Jane Gazzo
- October 2006 Review of The Good, The Bad The Queen by Jane Gazzo
- September 2006 interview of "Babybird" (Stephen Jones) by Jane Gazzo
- October 2006 Interview with Johnny Others of The Others by Jane Gazzo
- July 2007 interview of John Foxx by Jane Gazzo
- April 2007 interview of CW Stoneking by Jane Gazzo
- January 2007 interview of Good Shoes by Jane Gazzo
- Tribute to Tony Wilson, NME. Words of tribute by Jane Gazzo et al., August 2007