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
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 channel: Noggin
Nick Jr.
Picture format: NTSC (480i)
Audio format: Stereo
Original run: September 12, 2005 – April 1, 2008
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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 2012.


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" didn't 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 Mel and Mary 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 usually features two music videos by children's musical artists.


Main charactersEdit

  • 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 Jerry Nelson, Kevin Clash, David Rudman) – A group of four similar-looking singers.

Additional charactersEdit

  • 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 (appears 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-a-Long")
  • 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 musiciansEdit