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|Born||1977 (age 37–38)
|Education||La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (B.A., Media) |
|Occupation||Radio and TV presenter, DJ, VJ, journalist|
|Relatives||Michael V. Gazzo (cousin)|
Jane was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, the daughter of a Melbourne clothes designer, and 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 biggest international bands on tour, including co-hosting one programme with Jarvis Cocker of Pulp.
Move to England in 1999
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 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.
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 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.
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.
In her career, Jane has interviewed an array of musical stars including Kesha, Jessie J, David Guetta, The Chemical Brothers, Lily Allen, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Strokes, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Marilyn Manson, Silverchair, Nick Cave, Arctic Monkeys, The Vines, The Presets, Molly Meldrum, Queens of the Stone Age, Green Day, Good Charlotte, Lady Gaga, Delta Goodrem and The Ting Tings.
- Daoust, Phil, "Little things we like: Jane Gazzo", The Guardian, Friday, 1 October 2004. "Jane Gazzo was 16 when she made her first broadcast for Australian radio station Triple R FM. She's now 27 and wise beyond her years."
- "Jane Gazzo On How To Forge An Enduring Career In The Music Biz", Pedestrian Daily, Australia, 5 September 2013.
- Cf. Leith, William, "Rockabye Babes – Women in UK Radio", The Observer, Sunday, 4 February 2001.
- Can discography website
- cf. Underground Lovers Wikipedia article.
- "PLAYUK get Dreem Teem on board for TV debut and produce UK's first nu-metal show", Press Release, 21 February 2001. "In another PLAYUK origination, PLAY LOUD will showcase the best in nu-metal, nu-skool punk, hip-hop and rock, consisting of a combination of videos, interviews and features with bands. The show starts Sunday 18 March at 7.30 pm and will show every Sunday thereafter. The presenter is the weekly night XFM presenter Jane Gazzo."
- BBC cable/satellite channel "UK Play", later "Play UK"
- Cancer Research UK, February 2006
- Burrell, Ian, "ANALYSIS: RADIO: Lend them your ears", The Independent (London), 23 May 2005
- Download in-air "radio station" Emirates Airlines.
- Channel [V] press release,"Jane Gazzo joins Channel V"
- "FHM's 2009 sexiest women in the world: 24. Jane Gazzo", FHM Magazine, 2009. "She's the quintessential punk rock princess – beautiful, but with an edge; sexy, but just a little bit crazy. Thank goodness, the Melbourne-born glamour ditched England to return to our shores, replacing the embarrassing likes of Jabba as a host for Channel V."
- "The Riff", Channel [V] website
- WTF, Channel [V] website
- Knox, David, "Jane Gazzo switching from Channel /V/ to MAX", TV Tonight, 18 June 2012]
- Jane Gazzo at the Internet Movie Database. Cf. article on Jane Gazzo – biography section.
- "ASTRA Awards: 2011 finalists", ASTRA website
- "ASTRA 2012 finalists", ASTRA website
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CV's and biographies
- "Jane Gazzo on how to Forge an Enduring Career in the Music Biz" , Pedestrian Daily September 2013
- "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.
- "Even Finance can Rock'n'Roll", The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 February 2012. Interview with Jane Gazzo.
Interviews and reviews
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