Jack's Big Music Show

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Jack's Big Music Show
Genre Children's music
Created by David Rudman, Todd Hannert and Adam Rudman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Location(s) Music Clubhouse, Chicago, Illinois
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Spiffy Pictures
Original channel Noggin
Picture format NTSC (480i)
Audio format Stereo
First shown in November 7, 2004
Original run September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12) – April 1, 2007 (2007-04-01)
External links

Jack's Big Music Show is an American musical children's television program that aired on the Noggin (now called Nick Jr.) television network. The show premiered on the network on September 12, 2005. Jack's Big Music Show was nominated for a 2008 Emmy award for Outstanding Pre-school Television Series.

According to Nick Jr.'s website:

The mission of Jack’s Big Music Show is to expose and foster an appreciation of music. Music and musical instruments help children expand their universe and develop memory, language, literacy, and reasoning skills as well as the cognitive, social, and motor skills that are needed to excel in school.[1]

The show was produced by Spiffy Pictures (led by David Rudman, Todd Hannert, and Adam Rudman).

The popularity of the show made the idea of appearing on it attractive to musicians. An executive from Noggin in 2006 said that they were "clamoring to get onto Jack's Big Music Show."[2]

In May 2007, production was cancelled and it was announced that no new episodes would be produced with the last episode being aired on April 1, 2007.


The series focuses on music-loving Jack, his best friend Mary, and his drum-playing dog Mel, all of whom are puppets. The show takes place in Jack's backyard clubhouse, and centers on the characters' passion for music. The characters play music in every episode, and are often accompanied by other puppets or human musicians. Each episode usually features two music videos by children's musical artists.


  • Jack (performed by David Rudman) - A blue-colored musician and star of the show.
  • Mary (performed by Alice Dinnean) - Jack's best friend, a purple-haired accordion player.
  • Mel (performed by John Kennedy) - Jack's drum-playing dog.

Additional Characters[edit]

  • The Little Bad Wolf (appeared in the episode of the same name and "Jack's Big Orchestra")
  • The Bongo Birds (appeared in the episode of the same name and "Jack's Big Orchestra")
  • The Bugs (appeared in "Bug Love" and "Jack's Big Orchestra")
  • Henry the Monster (appeared in the "Music Monster" and "Jack's Big Orchestra")
  • Animal Music Camp (mentioned in "Scat Cat")
  • The Squirrels (appeared in "Jack's Super Swell Sing-a-Long" and "Jack's Big Orchestra")
  • M.C. Turtle (appeared in "Jack's Super Swell Sing-a-Long")
  • Gertrude the Groundhog (appeared in "Groundhog Day")
  • Scat Cat (appeared in the episode of the same name)
  • Phil the Coo-Coo Bird (appeared in the episode of the same name)
  • Leonard the Country Squirrel (appeared in the episode of the same name)
  • Spunky the Alien (appeared in the episode of the same name)
  • The Schwartzman Quartet (appeared in various episodes)
  • Earl the Squirrel (appeared in "Mel's Super Swell Dance Party" and "Snow Day")

Guest musicians[edit]


Season one[edit]

First aired September 2005 – February 2006

Episode title Airdate Guests Songs performed
(1) Little Bad Wolf September 12, 2005 Laurie Berkner

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band

"Mary Had an Accordion", "The Little Bad Wolf Had a Tuba", "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", "My Energy", "Music Everywhere"
(2) How Mel Got His Groove Back September 14, 2005 Cathy Richardson

Laurie Berkner
Sweet Honey in the Rock

"Listen to the Animals", "Every Animal Has Its Groove", "Mel the Meowing Dog", "Mister", "I Like It That Way"
(3) The Music Genie September 15, 2005 Anne Harris

Laurie Berkner
Hot Peas 'N Butter

"Mel's Musical Trunk", "Prudence", "Yodel", "Under a Shady Tree", "Number 1"
(4) The Bongo Bird September 19, 2005 Laurie Berkner


"Yeah Yeah Yeah" "The Song of the Bongo Bird", "Bongo Bird Beat", "Bongo Bird Lullaby", "I Know a Chicken", "Bongo Bird"
(5) Marching Band September 26, 2005 Cathy Richardson

Laurie Berkner

"Marching Song", "Rain Rain Go Away", "Rhythms Around You", "Boots", "Bottle of Sunshine"
(6) Bug Love October 3, 2005 Laurie Berkner

Rebecca Frezza

"Loud Sound/Soft Sound", "A Pretty Good Bug", "Bugs Are Really Swell", "I'm Me and You're You", "B3"
(7) Mel's Super Swell Dance Party October 10, 2005 Tracey Ellert

Cathy Richardson
Yolanda Adams
Laurie Berkner
The Dirty Sock Funtime Band

"Dance How You Like", "The Mel Polka", "Rock and Roll Freeze Dance", "The Me Dance", "I Really Love to Dance", "Dino-Sauring"
(8) Space Opera October 10, 2005 Laurie Berkner

Jerry Lawson and the Talk of the Town

"Mary's Opera", "Space Explorer", "Space Opera", "What Are They Gonna Do About That?", "I'm Not Perfect", "I'm Glad"
(9) Grow Daddio October 17, 2005 Cathy Richardson

Laurie Berkner
Rebecca Frezza

"Where Is Mary?", "What Will Arthur Grow Up to Be?", "Playin' Jazz", "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary", "Running Down the Hill", "H2O + O2 + Sun"
(10) The Grumpy Squirrel October 24, 2005 Laurie Berkner

Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals

"It's Fun to Invent Your Own Instrument", "Clap Your Hands", "Lullaby", "Music Is the Best", "I'm Gonna Catch You", "Grumpy"
(11) The Music Monster October 31, 2005 Laurie Berkner


"This Song", "If You're Scary and You Know It", "Monster Boogie", "Scared"
(12) King of Swing February 6, 2006 Buddy Guy

Laurie Berkner
Guy Davis

"The Welcome Song", "List", "Shama Lama", "Clean It Up", "New Shoes"

Season two[edit]

First aired January 2007 – April 2007

Episode title Airdate Guests Songs performed
(13) Snow Day January 6, 2007 Anne Harris

Laurie Berkner
The Quiet Two

"Beach Party", "Wiki Wiki Hele", "Sing a Winter Song", "Mahalo", "Polar Bear"
(14) Leonard the Country Squirrel January 7, 2007 Laurie Berkner

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band

"Found Sounds", "We're a Jugband", "Jugband Jamboree", "I Am a Sad Squirrel", "I Am a Happy Squirrel", "Farm Song", "No Good Reason Party"
(15) Spunky the Alien January 13, 2007 Laurie Berkner

The Mighty Weaklings

"Yo Yo Yo", "Gotta Power Up", "Spunky's Lament", "Fleeber", "Rocketship Run", "Rocketship"
(16) Jack Bunny January 14, 2007 Anne Harris

Laurie Berkner
Angélique Kidjo

"Mel the Musical Magical Magician", "The Hop", "Bugle Bunnies", "Magic Box", "Wombo Lombo"
(17) Phil the Coo-Coo Bird January 20, 2007 Laurie Berkner

Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals

"The Twisty Twist", "The Dance", "Phil the Coo-Coo Bird", "Who's That?", "Move Your Feet"
(18) Jack's Big Oops! January 21, 2007 Andrew Bird

J. Walter Hawkes
Nuttin' But Stringz

"Strings", "Dr. Strings", "Just Tell the Truth", "What Have I Got to Lose?", "Thunder"
(19) Jack's Big Orchestra January 27, 2007 Laurie Berkner

Dirty Sock Funtime Band

"Being a Conductor Would Rock", "Sneaks", "Super Spies"
(20) Scat Cat January 28, 2007 Laurie Berkner

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

"I Have A Friend (Super Swell Friends)", "Scat-Scat-a-Tat-Tat", "The Wiggle Dance", "The Cat Came Back", "You're the One Who's Made for Me and I Was Made for You"
(21) Groundhog Day February 2, 2007 Laurie Berkner

Steve Burns and Steven Drozd
Jon Stewart

"Hip Hip Hooray For Groundhog Day", "First Day of Preschool", "When Will Spring Be Sprung?", "I Had a Friend", "I Hog the Ground"
(22) Jack's Super Swell Sing-Along February 2, 2007 Laurie Berkner & Susie Lampert

Rebekah Jordan
Justin Roberts
Lisa Loeb

"Sing-Along Song", "Samba", "Just Stopped By", "Down at the Barbershop", "Green", "I Like to Rap", "This Is Zydeco", "Jenny Jenkins"
(23) Laurie's Big Song February 4, 2007 Laurie Berkner

Comic Book Heroes
Leon Thomas

"Get on the Train", "A Little Bitty Rhythm", "It's Hard to Call an Elephant Without an Elephant Call", "Purple People Eater", "Duck 4"
(24) Mel's Bath Day February 10, 2007 Cheryl Hines

Laurie Berkner

"You Must Take a Bath", "Super Sudsy Bubblestein Bubbles", "I'm a Mess", "I Hope My Mama Says Yes"
(25) Jack and the Beanstalk March 20, 2007 Tyler Bunch

Laurie Berkner
David Pleasant

"Up", "Sha-La-La", "Anyone Can Make a Song", "In the Clouds", "Deegah Joyah"
(26) Silly Show April 1, 2007 Laurie Berkner

Hot Peas 'N Butter

"Silly Song", "Baloney Sandwich", "Silly Things", "Googleheads", "Deep Down"


In an interview on the Nick Jr. website, Rudman says that The Jack Benny Show was an influence on Jack's Big Music Show (along with The Little Rascals).[3]

The names Jack, Mary, Mel, and the "Schwartzman Quartet" are references to characters on The Jack Benny Program (Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Mel Blanc, and the Sportsmen Quartet). Other possible name references to Jack Benny Program regulars include the squirrels Sheldon and Leonard (Sheldon Leonard), Phil the Coo-Coo Bird (Phil Harris), and Gertrude the Groundhog (Bea Benaderet's recurring character Gertrude Gearshift).

The ring around Mel's eye is an obvious homage to Pete the Pup from The Little Rascals.

Hannert says that the music is influenced by Chuck Berry and the whole history of rock and roll.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Learning Goals and Activities Noggin Website
  2. ^ Kindie Rock, Scott Lamb, Salon.com, June 24, 2006
  3. ^ Meet the Creators of Jack's Big Music Show Nick Jr. Website

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