Music Journalist, TV Presenter,
Author, MC, Public Speaker
The proud daughter of Italian migrants who moved to Australia in the 1950's, Jane Gazzo's broadcasting career began at Melbourne radio station 3RRR-FM in her mid-teens. She has since gone on to present nationally on Triple J and Triple M in Australia as well as BBC 6 Music, Capital FM and XFM in the UK. She is well-known as the co-host of 90s cult TV show Recovery (ABC), THE SOUND (ABC), Play Loud (BBC), and The Metal Hammer Awards (ITV).
In 2007 she joined the FOXTEL network and hosted full time for Channel [V] (2007-2012). This included reporting from the ARIA Red Carpet, Future Music Festival, Soundwave, Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass as well as interviewing some of the biggest names in the music industry.
In 2009, Jane was voted the 24th Sexiest Woman in the World by Australian FHM Magazine.
In 2011 and 2012 she was nominated for an ASTRA Award for Favourite Female TV Personality on subscription television and in 2018 and 2019, Jane was nominated for an ACRA Award (Australian Commercial Radio Awards) for Best Syndicated Show for Triple M’s My Generation.
2019 and 2021 also saw Jane nominated for the Music Journalist Award at the Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMAs)
In 2019, Jane was chosen to DJ for Hugh Jackman's 'Greatest Showman' concert spectacular at the Rod Laver Arena.
In 2020, Jane hosted ABC-TV's new flagship music show THE SOUND, under the production tutelage of the late, great Michael Gudinski. THE SOUND showcased new and established artists and sharing the screen with the likes of Russell Crowe, Bryan Brown, Deborah Mailman, Kylie Minogue and Christine Anu. The Australian newspaper voted THE SOUND as the 'Best TV show of 2020'.
Jane Gazzo is also an in-demand MC and guest speaker, hosting various events and awards for an array of diverse clients. She regularly appears as a guest on ABC local radio and The Project.
Currently Jane is a board member of Victorian youth organization The Push and is chairperson of the advisory committee for the Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Her first book, John Farnham: The Untold Story was published by Penguin/Random House in 2016 and her second 'Sound as Ever - A Celebration of the Greatest Decade in Australian Music 1990-1999' was published by Melbourne Books in 2022.
Sound As Ever
In February 2020, Jane Gazzo and Scott Thurling created a Facebook group called 'Sound as Ever' in order to document the Australian decade of Indie music (1990-1999). The page now boasts over 19k members! Rolling Stone called it 'one of the success stories of 2020' whilst The Age featured a full page story in Spectrum (The 90s have never sounded so good! Jan 9, 2021)
The Sound as Ever page has also released podcasts, merch and 3 compilation albums of previously unreleased Australian music.
In July 2021, Sound as Ever hosted their own stage at the Leaps & Bounds Festival in Melbourne.
In Dec 2022 Universal Music Released a Sound as Ever compilation: Blind Love.
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In June 2019, I teamed up with the wonderful folk at Nando's for their 2nd Music Exchange in Sydney and Melbourne. Music students from both cities were invited to attend panels and workshops to aid their pathway into the music industry.
Since 2015, I have been involved in the Australian Music Vault at the Arts Centre Melbourne (incorporating the ARIA Hall of Fame). It is such a privilege to be the Chair of the music industry advisory committee and in March 2019 we celebrated our 1 millionth visitor!
I met Bec through an industry mentoring program and it's been great seeing her achieve her goals over the 3 months I have known her. She is full of ambition and has put me on to some great bands!
In 2019, I was fortunate to support Hugh Jackman on the Melbourne leg of his Australian 'Greatest Showman' tour.
I was his guest DJ, playing tunes at all 6 Rod Laver Arena shows to sold out audiences. Hugh truly is the 'greatest showman!'
During lockdown in 2020, ABC TV screened the wonderful show The Sound. Created by the talented team at Mushroom Productions, and produced by the late, great Michael Gudinski, The Sound showcased a whose who of Australian music including Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, Tones and I, Ngaiire, The Rubens, Vera Blue, Bliss N Eso, Baker Boy, Birds of Tokyo et al.
The Sound returns to our screens November 2021.
You can catch past episodes on ABC iView.