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In 2014 Charlie Apicella was invited by Pat Martino to study improvisation, composition, and Pat’s unique method for learning the mechanics of the guitar.

He has performed concerts and recorded with jazz legends Dave Holland, Sonny Fortune, and John Blake, Jr.

Charlie began his music training in 1999 at the University of Massachusetts studying composition and improvisation with Yusef Lateef and music history with Archie Shepp.

In 2005 he began studying under Dave Stryker who produced the Iron City records Sparks (2009) and The Business (2011).


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”I think you will find that “Sparks” will light the artistic fires of the soul and intellect.” Heartfully, YUSEF LATEEF.

“Apicella is a no-nonsense player of unquestioned chops and whose soul drips from each note... This is “organic” music, and Apicella is an exciting young player.” JOHN HEIDT, Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Charlie Apicella & IRON CITY are modern day stewards of trippy blues and psychedelic jazz... The body language in the trio’s music flexes with an array of trippy blues swirls and acid jazz vibrations that draw from the psychedelic era of the ‘60s, but the band infuses it with a modern draft that keeps it fresh...and speak in a dialect that modern blues fans can relate to and find engaging.” Susan Frances, JAZZ TIMES

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New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background Charlie teaches via Skype and Facetime and in person in New York City on the faculty of the New York Jazz Workshop. Check out the TrueFire Channel Charlie Apicella's Solid Guitar for Charlie's full video curriculum complete with PDF materials, interactive lessons, and more. Charlie Apicella has performed concerts and recorded with jazz legends Dave Holland, Sonny Fortune, John Blake, Jr

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Album Groove Machine by Charlie Apicella

Groove Machine

OA2 Records

Album One Night Only: a tribute to Jack McDuff by Charlie Apicella

One Night Only: a...

CArlo Music Records

Album Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss: a tribute to BB King by Charlie Apicella

Payin' The Cost To Be...

CArlo Music Records

Album Big Boss by Charlie Apicella

Big Boss

Zoho Music

Album The Business by Charlie Apicella

The Business

Carlo Music



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