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Baby Bear visits Birdland
Air date April 2, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors R, S, 20


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Baby Bear enters Birdland, where he hears Hoots playing the saxophone. He asks Hoots to teach him to play an instrument, and Hoots explains that it takes a love of music, an instrument of choice, and a lot of practice to become a good musician. Baby Bear immediately starts playing the piano tunelessly, insisting he doesn't need to practice. He imagines opening up his own jazz club, Bearland, and playing the piano there every night - yet, even in his imagination, he drives his customers away with his tuneless playing, so he decides that the piano is not for him. He goes off to think about which instrument he wants to play instead.
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SCENE 2 Baby Bear has decided that he wants to play the saxophone, just the way Hoots plays it. Hoots says that everyone who plays the saxophone plays it differently, and tells him the story of a clarinet player named "Golden Licks" ("licks" being a jazz music term), with Goldilocks as the title character. In the story, Goldie wandered from one jazz club to another, hoping to jam with the band there. The first jazz band was too hot for her, and the second band was too cool, but the third band was just right for her. Baby Bear then decides to find his "sound" by playing a loud, raucous note on the saxophone.
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SCENE 3 Baby Bear notices Hoots singing in a peculiar way, and Hoots tells him it's called "scat singing". In a flashback sequence, a young Hoots waits on tables at a jazz club in New Orleans. He can't help but scat along to the music of the jazz band, and the band leader hires him on the spot as a singer. Back in the present, Baby Bear decides that he wants to scat-sing.
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SCENE 4 Baby Bear approaches Hoots and the band, thinking that maybe jazz isn't for him after all. The band sings him a song showing how jazz can be applied to any kind of song, and Baby Bear has fun with jazz after all.
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SCENE 5 Baby Bear scats the Sesame Street Theme. Hoots announces the sponsors, and Baby Bear scats them too. The credits roll.


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