Jack's Big Music Show

Jack's Big Music Show is an American musical children's television series produced by Nickelodeon for its sister channel Noggin. It was created and executive produced by David Rudman, Todd Hannert, and Adam Rudman through their company Spiffy Pictures. The main character is a young puppet musician named Jack, played by David Rudman, who has a musical clubhouse in his backyard. The premiere episode was simulcast on both Nickelodeon and Noggin on September 12, 2005. The show ran for two seasons and 26 episodes in total, which finished airing on October 13, 2007.

Jack's Big Music Show
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GenreChildren's music
Puppetry
Created by
Starring
Voices ofCathy Richardson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production
Production location(s)Chicago, Illinois
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Picture formatNTSC (480i)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 12, 2005 (2005-09-12) –
October 13, 2007 (2007-10-13)
External links
Website

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 2008, the show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series.

In May 2007, production was disbanded and it was announced that no new episodes would be produced. The last episode aired on October 13, 2007. However, it reran on Nick Jr. until December 26, 2014.

PlotEdit

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. They feature two music videos by children's musical artists and a performance by the Schwartzman Quartet about the episode's theme. At the end of each episode, a big "finale" song is played. Sometimes, Jack leaves and tells his mom what they did today, while other times they continue to play music in the clubhouse. Mel can be seen popping up during the credits.

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

The main characters are Jack, Mary, Mel, and the Schwartzman Quartet.[2]

  • Jack (performed by David Rudman) – A young musician who has a backyard clubhouse full of musical instruments. He is blue with short green hair, and he wears an orange sweater with an asterisk on the front. Jack has a very busy schedule, and at the beginning of each episode, his unseen mother mentions a new class or activity that he is attending. He is named after Jack Benny, the host of The Jack Benny Program.
  • Mary (performed by Alice Dinnean) – Jack's best friend, an accordionist. She is yellow with curly purple hair and wears a red sweater with a heart symbol on the front. She is smart, attentive, and likes to find music in unexpected places. Her catchphrase is "What a day!", which she says at the end of each episode. She is named after Mary Livingstone from The Jack Benny Program.
  • Mel (performed by John Kennedy) – Jack's drum-playing dog who is a gifted inventor. He is pink with green stripes and a green spot around his left eye. He created all of the contraptions in Jack's clubhouse, including the music video player, and operates them in each episode. He can only talk through "ruff" noises, but Jack understands him. He is named after Mel Blanc from The Jack Benny Program.
  • The Schwartzman Quartet (performed by various puppeteers) – A group of four brothers who visit Jack's clubhouse every day to sing a short song. They are all nearly identical to each other: turquoise with stringy red hair, freckles, and matching striped sweaters. They are named after the Sportsmen Quartet from The Jack Benny Program.

GuestsEdit

  • Earl the Squirrel (appears in "Mel's Super Swell Dance Party," "Silly Show," "Snow Day," and "Jack's Big Orchestra")
  • The Little Bad Wolf (appears in the episode of the same name and "Jack's Big Orchestra", performed by Eric Jacobson)
  • 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", performed by Joey Mazzarino)
  • 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")
  • Sheldon the Squirrel (appears in "The Grumpy Squirrel" and "Jack's Big Orchestra", performed by John Kennedy)
  • Gertrude the Groundhog (appears in "Groundhog Day", performed by Stephanie D'Abruzzo)
  • Scat Cat (appears in the episode of the same name, performed by Stephanie D'Abruzzo)
  • Phil the Coo-Coo Bird (appears in the episode of the same name, performed by Eric Jacobson)
  • Leonard the Country Squirrel (appears in the episode of the same name, performed by Matt Vogel)
  • Spunky the Alien (appears in the episode of the same name, performed by Joey Mazzarino)
  • Royal Messenger Marvin (appears in "King of Swing", performed by John Kennedy)

Guest musiciansEdit

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12)February 13, 2006 (2006-02-13)
213January 6, 2007 (2007-01-06)October 13, 2007 (2007-10-13)

Season 1 (2005–06)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleGuestsSongs performedOriginal air date
11"Little Bad Wolf"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"September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12)
22"How Mel Got His Groove Back"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, and Baa, Baa, Black Sheep), "Mister", "I Like It That Way"September 13, 2005 (2005-09-13)
33"The Music Genie"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"September 14, 2005 (2005-09-14)
44"The Bongo Bird"Laurie Berkner
Jamia
"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)September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19)
55"Marching Band"Cathy Richardson
Laurie Berkner
Milkshake
"Marching Song", "Rain Rain Go Away", "Rhythms Around You", "Boots", "Bottle of Sunshine"September 26, 2005 (2005-09-26)
66"Bug Love"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"October 3, 2005 (2005-10-03)
77"Mel's Super Swell Dance Party"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"October 10, 2005 (2005-10-10)
88"Space Opera"Jerry Lawson and the Talk of the Town
Laurie Berkner
"Mary's Opera" (3 songs; one of the songs is sung to the tune of Toreador March from Carmen), "Space Explorer", "Space Opera", "What Are They Gonna Do About That?", "I'm Glad", "I'm Not Perfect"October 10, 2005 (2005-10-10)
99"Grow Daddio"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"October 17, 2005 (2005-10-17)
1010"The Grumpy Squirrel"Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals
Laurie Berkner
"It's Fun to Invent Your Own Instrument", "Brahms' Lullaby" (instrumental), "Music Is the Best", "Grumpy" "I'm Gonna Catch You", "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"October 24, 2005 (2005-10-24)
1111"The Music Monster"Laurie Berkner
Milkshake
"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"October 31, 2005 (2005-10-31)
1212"King of Swing"Buddy Guy
Laurie Berkner
Guy Davis
"The Welcome Song" (sung to the tunes Let's All Go to the Lobby from Regal Cinemas, For He's a Jolly Good Fellow and The Bear Went Over the Mountain), "List", "Shama Lama", "Clean It Up", "New Shoes"February 6, 2006 (2006-02-06)
1313"Silly Show"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, The Parade of the Tin Soldiers and Do Your Ears Hang Low?)", "Googleheads", "Deep Down"February 13, 2006 (2006-02-13)

Season 2 (2007)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleGuestsSongs performedOriginal air date
141"Snow Day"Anne Harris
Laurie Berkner
The Quiet Two
"Beach Party", "Wiki Wiki Hele Hele", "Sing a Winter Song", "Mahalo", "Polar Bear"January 6, 2007 (2007-01-06)
152"Leonard the Country Squirrel"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"January 7, 2007 (2007-01-07)
163"Spunky the Alien"The Mighty Weaklings
Laurie Berkner
"Yo Yo Yo", "Gotta Power Up", "Spunky's Lament", "Fleeber", "Rocketship", "Rocketship Run"January 13, 2007 (2007-01-13)
174"Jack Bunny"Anne Harris
Laurie Berkner
Angélique Kidjo
"Mel the Musical Magical Magician", "The Hop", "Bugle Bunnies", "Magic Box", "Wombo Lombo"January 14, 2007 (2007-01-14)
185"Phil the Coo-Coo Bird"Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals
Laurie Berkner
"The Twisty Twist", "The Dance", "Phil, Phil, Keep On Trying (sung to the tune London Bridge)", "Move Your Feet", "Who's That?"January 20, 2007 (2007-01-20)
196"Jack's Big Oops!"Andrew Bird
J. Walter Hawkes
Nuttin' But Stringz
"Strings", "Dr. Strings", "Just Tell the Truth", "What Else Have I Got to Lose?", "Thunder"January 21, 2007 (2007-01-21)
207"Jack's Big Orchestra"Laurie Berkner
Dirty Sock Funtime Band
"Being a Conductor Would Rock", "Sneaks", "Super Spies", "Orchestral Song"January 27, 2007 (2007-01-27)
218"Scat Cat"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"January 28, 2007 (2007-01-28)
229"Groundhog Day"Steve Burns and Steven Drozd
Jon Stewart
Laurie Berkner
"Hip Hip Hooray For Groundhog Day", "First Day of Preschool", "When Will Spring Be Sprung?", "I Hog the Ground", "I Had a Friend"February 2, 2007 (2007-02-02)
2310"Jack's Super Swell Sing-Along"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"February 3, 2007 (2007-02-03)
2411"Laurie's Big Song"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"February 4, 2007 (2007-02-04)
2512"Mel's Bath Day"Cheryl Hines
Laurie Berkner
AudraRox
"You Must Take a Bath", "Super Sudsy Bubblestein Bubbles", "I'm a Mess", "I Hope My Mama Says Yes", "A Bath Is Alright"February 10, 2007 (2007-02-10)
2613"Jack and the Beanstalk"Tyler Bunch
Laurie Berkner
David Pleasant
"Up", "Shala-La-La", "Anyone Can Make a Song", "In the Clouds", "Deegah Joyah"October 13, 2007 (2007-10-13)

InfluencesEdit

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).

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

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit