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John J. Witmeyer III Dean’s Colloquium 2013

Alex McMurray '91

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Dixon Hall
Free and open to the public, with a reception to follow

Alex McMurrayGuitarist/singer-songwriter Alex McMurray has been called "the most talented songwriter in New Orleans," "one of the best young songwriters in the country," and "the mad hatter of New Orleans guitar." His work has been described as "drawing on the affected weirdness of Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Tom Waits." And he's been compared to artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Lyle Lovett, George Gershwin, The Ramones, and David Lee Roth. Born in Red Bank, New Jersey, McMurray moved to New Orleans in 1987 to attend Tulane, and was already a fixture on the local music scene by the time he graduated with a degree in philosophy and English. He then formed Royal Fingerbowl, a successful rock-blues combo which disbanded in 2001, and has since become a founding member of two of New Orleans' most distinctive bands, the Tin Men and 007. In addition to performing with those bands and releasing his own solo projects, he is the co-founder of Chaz Fest, an annual spring music festival that he started in his Bywater backyard in 2006. The festival now boasts two stages and attracts over 1,000 attendees.

For this special Dean’s Colloquium, McMurray will sit down with fellow Tulane alum Gwen Thompkins '87, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, to talk about his life and career and play some of the songs from his impressive catalog.

This event is part of the John J. Witmeyer III Dean's Colloquium series, which invites distinguished alumni back to campus to discuss their careers and professions. Sponsored by the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs. For more information, contact 865-5728 or

Previous Dean’s Colloquia
2016-17 Dean's Colloquium: Roger Ervin
2015-16 Dean’s Colloquium: Steven Paul
2014-15 Dean’s Colloquium: Meria Carstarphen
2012-13 Dean's Colloquium: Attorney Ira Sorkin
2011-12 Dean's Colloquium: NASA Astronaut Doug Hurley
2010-11 Dean's Colloquium: Actor Bryan Batt
2009-10 Dean's Colloquium: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
2008-09 Dean's Colloquium: NPR Correspondent Gwen Thompkins
2007-08 Dean’s Colloquium: Appraiser and “History Detectives” star Elyse Luray