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
Starring David Rudman
Alice Dinnean
John Kennedy
Narrated by Cathy Richardson (as Jack's mother)
Opening theme Jack's Big Music Show Theme Song
Ending theme Various closing themes (similar to Dora the Explorer)
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
Noggin Originals
Original network Noggin
Nick Jr.
Picture format NTSC (480i)
Audio format Stereo
Original release September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12) – April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)
External links
Website www.nickjr.com/jacks-big-music-show/

Jack's Big Music Show is an American musical children's television series originally airing on Noggin and on the Nick Jr. television network. The show was produced by Spiffy Pictures, and was nominated for a 2008 Emmy award for Outstanding Pre-school Television Series.

The popularity of the show made the idea of appearing on it attractive to musicians. An executive from Nick Jr. in 2006 said that they were "clamoring to get onto Jack's Big Music Show."[1]

In May 2007, production was cancelled and it was announced that no new episodes would be produced. The last episode aired on April 1, 2008. However, it reran on Nick Jr. until 2013.


Production on the series began in 1995 when Spiffy pictures partnered with Nick Jr., who was scheduled to run the show from 1997–2001. However, after several missed release dates: December 5, 1997, July 26, 1999, February 22, 2000, June 8, 2002, November 7, 2004 and March 12, 2005, "Jack's Big Music Show" did not premiere until September 12, 2005 on Noggin.

The series, originally named Jack's Band, also underwent several name changes before its debut. It was first renamed in 1998 to Jack's Music Band, then to Jack's Big Music Show in 2001. Prior to Mary and Mel joining the cast, also in 2001, the show was primarily about Jack playing in his own band.


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 starts with Jack's mom calling him that he has to leave for an activity soon. Also, it usually features two music videos by children's musical artists, and a performance by The Schwartzman Quartet about the episode's topic. The episode sometimes features a guest music star. At the end of each episode, a big "finale" song is played. Sometimes Jack leaves after his mom calls him, while other times they continue to play music in the clubhouse. Mel can be seen popping up during the credits.


Main characters[edit]

  • 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.
  • The Schwartzman Quartet (performed by various puppeteers) - A group of four similar-looking singers.

Additional characters[edit]

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

Guest musicians[edit]


Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12) February 13, 2006 (2006-02-13)
2 13 January 6, 2007 (2007-01-06) April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)

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" (sung to the tune Mary Had a Little Lamb), "The Little Bad Wolf Had a Tuba" (also sung to the tune Mary Had a Little Lamb), "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" (sung to the tunes Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Alphabet song, Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, Little Arabella Miller, Tapping Tapping Little Elf, I'll Run Away and Ah! vous dirai-je, maman), "Mister", "I Like It That Way"
(3) The Music Genie September 15, 2005 Anne Harris

Hot Peas 'N Butter
Laurie Berkner

"Mel's Musical Trunk" (sung to the tune 99 Bottles of Beer), "Prudence", "Yodel", "Number 1", "Under a Shady Tree"
(4) The Bongo Bird September 19, 2005 Laurie Berkner


"Yeah Yeah Yeah" "The Song of the Bongo Bird", "Bongo Bird Beat", "Bongo Bird Lullaby" (sung to the tune Brahms' Lullaby), "I Know a Chicken", "Bongo Bird" (sung to the tune Bingo)
(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 Rebecca Frezza

Laurie Berkner

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

Cathy Richardson
Yolanda Adams
The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Laurie Berkner

"Dance How You Like", "The Mel Polka", "Rock and Roll Freeze Dance", "The Me Dance", "Dino-Sauring", "I Really Love to Dance"
(8) Space Opera October 10, 2005 Jerry Lawson and the Talk of the Town

Laurie Berkner

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

Rebecca Frezza
Laurie Berkner

"Where Is Mary?" (sung to the tune Ten Little Indians), "What Will Arthur Grow Up to Be?", "Playin' Jazz", "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary", "H2O + O2 + Sun", "Running Down the Hill"
(10) The Grumpy Squirrel October 24, 2005 Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals

Laurie Berkner

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


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

Laurie Berkner
Guy Davis

"The Welcome Song" (sung to the tune Let's All Go to the Lobby from Regal Entertainment Group), "List", "Shama Lama", "Clean It Up", "New Shoes"
(13) Silly Show February 13, 2006 Laurie Berkner

Hot Peas 'N Butter

"Silly Song" (sung to the tunes from How Mel Got His Groove Back), "Bologna Sandwich", "Silly Things (sung to the tune Turkey in the Straw)", "Googleheads", "Deep Down"

Season two[edit]

First aired January 2007 – April 2008

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

Laurie Berkner
The Quiet Two

"Beach Party", "Wiki Wiki Hele Hele", "Sing a Winter Song", "Mahalo", "Polar Bear"
(15) 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"
(16) Spunky the Alien January 13, 2007 Laurie Berkner

The Mighty Weaklings

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

Laurie Berkner
Angélique Kidjo

"Mel the Musical Magical Magician", "The Hop", "Bugle Bunnies", "Magic Box", "Wombo Lombo"
(18) 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", "Move Your Feet", "Who's That?"
(19) 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"
(20) Jack's Big Orchestra January 27, 2007 Laurie Berkner

Dirty Sock Funtime Band

"Being a Conductor Would Rock", "Sneaks", "Super Spies", "Orchestral Song"
(21) 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"
(22) 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 Hog the Ground", "I Had a Friend"
(23) 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", "Kelly Green", "I Like to Rap", "This Is Zydeco", "Jenny Jenkins"
(24) Laurie's Big Song February 4, 2007 Laurie Berkner

Comic Book Heroes
Leon Thomas

"Get on the Train", "A Little Bitty Rhythm", "You Can't Call an Elephant Without an Elephant Call", "Purple People Eater", "Duck 4"
(25) Mel's Bath Day October 13, 2007 Cheryl Hines

Laurie Berkner

"You Must Take a Bath", "Super Sudsy Bubblestein Bubbles", "I'm a Mess", "I Hope My Mama Says Yes", "A Bath Is Alright"
(26) Jack and the Beanstalk April 1, 2008 Tyler Bunch

Laurie Berkner
David Pleasant

"Up", "Sha-La-La", "Anyone Can Make a Song", "In the Clouds", "Deegah Joyah"


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).[2]

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. ^ Kindie Rock, Scott Lamb, Salon.com, June 24, 2006
  2. ^ Meet the Creators of Jack's Big Music Show Nick Jr. Website

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