Jane Gazzo

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Jane Gazzo
Jane Gazzo - Flickr - Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer.jpg
Gazzo at The Hunger Games Sydney, Australia Premiere in March 2012.
Born 1977 (age 36–37)[1]
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australia
Education La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (B.A., Media) [2]
Occupation Radio and TV presenter, DJ, VJ, journalist
Relatives Michael V. Gazzo (cousin)

Jane Gazzo (born 1977[1]) is an Australian television presenter, radio presenter, performance and club DJ, television personality, voice artist, and music journalist.

At one point in her career, she fronted a rock band which was played on the BBC Radio 1 show, the Evening Session, and by John Peel on his radio show.

Jane is related to the late American actor, Michael V. Gazzo.[3]

She was voted No. 24 Sexiest Woman in the World by Australian FHM Magazine in June 2009.[4]


Early years[edit]

Jane was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, the daughter of a Melbourne clothes designer,[5] 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.

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)[6][7]

Move to England in 1999[edit]

Jane Gazzo, live in-studio, presenting a show on BBC Radio 6 Music, Broadcasting House, London, 27 December 2005

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.[8] 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".[9][10]

In 2001 she also briefly worked for Courtney Love, sharing a London house with the former Hole lead singer.[11]

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.[12]

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),[13] Jane Gazzo's Dream Ticket radio show was mentioned in a characterisation of BBC Radio 6 Music as:

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"[14]).

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[edit]

In May 2007 Jane returned to Australia to join music Channel V as daily presenter and VJ.[15] She co-hosted the 'whatUwant' daily request show, she also co-hosts Channel [V]'s 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. In Australian DJ'ing circles, Jane is a regular guest DJ at Sydney's Purple Sneakers Club.[16][17]

From late 2010, Jane became a co-host on Channel [V]'s The Riff. She shares the presentation job with Danny Clayton, Billy Russell and Kyle Linahan (later replaced by Carrissa Walford.) The programme is broadcast weekly on Saturday mornings.[18] She also hosts the daily music news programme "WTF" three times a week.[19]

On 16 June 2012, Gazzo announced that she was to leave Channel [V] effectively immediately to take up a presenting role on sister station Max, a 24-hour music platform on Foxtel.[20]

Awards[edit]

In June 2011 and 2012 Gazzo was nominated for Favourite Female Television Personality at the 9th & 10th Annual Astra Awards.[21][22]

Interviews[edit]

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.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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."
  2. ^ "Jane Gazzo On How To Forge An Enduring Career In The Music Biz", Pedestrian Daily, Australia, 5 September 2013.
  3. ^ Jane Gazzo at the Internet Movie Database. Cf. article on Jane Gazzo – biography section.
  4. ^ "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."
  5. ^ Cf. Leith, William, "Rockabye Babes – Women in UK Radio", The Observer, Sunday, 4 February 2001.
  6. ^ Can discography website
  7. ^ cf. Underground Lovers Wikipedia article.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "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."
  10. ^ BBC cable/satellite channel "UK Play", later "Play UK"
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ Cancer Research UK, February 2006
  13. ^ Burrell, Ian, "ANALYSIS: RADIO: Lend them your ears", The Independent (London), 23 May 2005
  14. ^ Download in-air "radio station" Emirates Airlines.
  15. ^ Channel [V] press release,"Jane Gazzo joins Channel V"
  16. ^ Purple Sneakers club
  17. ^ "Last Night: The late night edition", event at Purple Sneakers, Jane Gazzo and Danny Clayton DJ's, February 2011.
  18. ^ "The Riff", Channel [V] website
  19. ^ WTF, Channel [V] website
  20. ^ Knox, David, "Jane Gazzo switching from Channel /V/ to MAX", TV Tonight, 18 June 2012]
  21. ^ "ASTRA Awards: 2011 finalists", ASTRA website
  22. ^ "ASTRA 2012 finalists", ASTRA website

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