Alex Plays Joe's Pub NYC

Hey I will be at Joe's Pub in NYC Sunday September 16. Bill Malchow will be joining me on this one. My old pal Cristina Black opens the show, which starts at 9:30.


New Tin Men CD in the works...

Yes it is actually happening...the Tin Men are going in the studio at the end of August to make our long-overdue 3rd studio CD. This time around we will be working with producer John Porter and we couldn't be more excited. Come join us for a tune-up session at the Saturn Bar Thursday Aug 16 at 10pm.


California Bound

hey everyone i will be in californie the next 10 days. here's the dates...

thurs 8/2 the Roundup Saloon in Lafayette, CA 9-1

Mon 8/6 Mojo Bicycle Shop San Francisco 6-9

Fri 8/10 Shanachie Pub Willits, CA


hope to see you there...



Next week I'll be going up to Oshkosh, WI for the annual pilgrimage. Also Chicago on July 14 at a place called Martyrs' On Lincoln with Papa Grows Funk and Davis Rogan. Should be fun.


This weekend (July 7 and 8) I'll be in Ottawa with Lynn Drury at the Ottawa Blues Festival, and also playing at a place called the rainbow...my Canuck blood is rising... 


Another Jazz fest

Well goddamn…It's been a few years now without a diary update and I have no excuses or apologies. Suffice it to say it just wasn't in the cards. The past 2 years have been a non-stop shit-fight and make no mistake. Mr. Sanchez likes to quote the great Louis Armstrong who always remembered to remind folks that all he wanted to do was keep his little "hustle" going. Well, the Jazz Fest has grown some real time-fangs for Yours Truly and on this Monday After Jazz Fest I can safely say I feel like I've gone 185 rounds with Sonny Liston. Which is debatable, I'm sure, but while I can sit here and listen to the dust settle outside my window and hear the tanker trucks pierce the night as they fly down Saint Claude, and feel my sacral plate recline into this chair and the whiskey loosen my typing fingers, and hear the air conditioner whine for the first time this year up in the bedroom where...

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Alex Band Happening Now!

Hey kids--Alex with a band--what could be better, right??  Well here are 4 great opportunites to hear just that.

Friday June 1 at Chickie Wah Wah 8pm. With Carlo, Matt and Bill.

Saturday June 2 at Tip's opening for Meschiya Lake. 10pm With Bill Malchow and Harry Hardin.

Friday June 8 at Circle Bar. With Joe Cabral, Brian Coogan and Carlo Nuccio. Oh yeah!

Friday June 15 at Chickie Wah Wah 8pm. With Carlo, Matt and Bill.



We have a CD release thing over at the Saturn on May 19. Will be a glorious mess as always. Not to be missed. The CD should be available for purchase on this site and the new VMC website www.valparaisomenschorus.com very soon.



Some fun shows coming up...1/20 at rodeo with full band (& horns!). Sat 1/21 at the Allen Room at Lincoln Center with Michael Cerveris. Sun 1/22 solo at rockwood 7pm, midnight monday night at ear inn with Brad Gunyon on Drums and Skip Ward on bass, and another solo show at 11th st. bar....whew!


New CD In The Works

I'll be going in the studio in December to work on a new Alex CD. We'll be doing it here in New Orleans with local musicians. Just like the last time the Threadheads are helping out. Here is a link to the page on their website about the project. If you want to bring hot food to the studio just drop an email and we can discuss the particular dietary requirements of the musicians and the studio staff.



VooDoo this weekend...

The annual "VooDoo Experience" is upon us again. Glenn and Jonathan from the Klezmer band are in town for it and will join me on Thursday at the Saturn Bar. Friday morning at 11:15 I'll be with Lynn Drury at the Pres. Hall stage and Saturday at 2 I'll be with Happy Talk Band at the Bingo! tent. More shows are on the "shows" page.


"The Day After Mardi Gras Day" - on HBO's Treme


Last nights episode of HBO's "Treme" featured Alex's composition "The Day After Mardi Gras Day" in the closing credits.  Congrats to Alex!

You can purchase mp3's of the tune here:  Amazon  Or  ITunes

Or better yet buy the whole "Banjaxed CD".




Threadhead Thursday on NPR

Nice write up from the NPR site on TH Thurs...here


Jazz Fest review in Huffington Post

Nice little mention here


Alex McMurray Jazz Feest Schedule

Alex McMurray Jazz Fest Schedule



Wed 4/27    Tin Men @ DBA 7-9


Thurs 4/28   Alex McMurray Band at City Park Botanical Garden

(Threadhead Thursday) 8

Alex McMurray solo Saturn Bar 10


Fri 4/29    Happy Talk Band Jazz Fest Lagniappe Stage 1:50-2:50

Paul Sanchez & Rolling Road Show Chickie Wah Wah 8-10


Sat 4/30    Sunflower City Ogden Museum 8:30 (opening for Marcia Ball)

Tin Men at Le Bon Temps 11


Sun 5/1 Tom Paines at Euclid Records 4pm


Mon 5/2    Tin men @ DBA 8-10


Tues 5/3    Threadhead Patry Mardi Gras World East Bank 12 noon

Saucefest Hi Ho Lounge sometime btw 10 and 2am


Wed 5/4    Chazfest noon-10 more info HERE


Thurs  5/5   LynnDrury Louisiana Music Factory 7pm

solo show with special guests Saturn Bar 9


Fri 5/6    Alex McMurray Band Jazz Fest Lagniappe Stage 4:20-5:20

Alex McMurray Band Le Bon Temps 10


Sat 5/7  Paul Sanchez & Rolling...

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Alex's top 10 mix tape for the online NOLA Defender

They recently asked me to do a little top 10 list of songs with commentary and youtube links. I got it together with relative degrees of success. I couldn't find Bobby Short's "I Like The Likes Of You" on youtube, but was feeling too sick to rewrite it and there was a deadline. instead there is a great "Charlie" fragrance commercial from the late 70s featuring Bobby Short. "I like the Likes of You" by Mr. Short is available on itunes.

My tastes were pretty pedestrian coming up. Still are.


1.  "Hammond Song"  The Roches




This has been my favorite record almost since the first time I heard it in the Fall of 1986 in the middle of the night stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic at midnight on the Connecticut Turnpike. At the time I was a devotee of a record by a west coast a-cappella group called The Bobs. In the most teenage of ways, there was...

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Saturn Bar - Theatre of The Damned Review


Saturn Bar - Theatre of The Damned  Review -
31-Jan-11 www.gonola.com

I have a new celebrity crush. I just added Alex McMurray to the top of my list...

by Sunny Dawn Summers on January 31, 2011
in Music,Nightlife


Alex McMurray Band at Living Room NYC

While in the NYC are to play the APAP showcase with the Tin Men in January, Alex McMurray Band will make a special appearance at the Living Room on Ludlow St. on the Lower East Side. Joe Cabral will be on bass and Brad Gunyon will be on drums. NYC songwriter (and former New Orleanian) Cristina Black will perform with her band as well. Much thanks to Cristina and the Living Room for hooking up this gig at the last minute. Check out her site here http://www.cristinablack.com/