Guitarist who founded IRON CITY. The band performs his compositions.
”Apicella is a lithe, swinging guitarist with an affinity for the contrasting styles of both
Grant Green and Wes Montgomery...An all-around impressive debut by a guitarist of
substance.” MARK GARDNER, Jazz Journal
Composer and guitarist Charlie Apicella counts Grant Green, Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker,
and Wes Montgomery as his primary influences. He has been studying improvisation
and composition with his mentor Dave Stryker for ten years, and with organ legend Dr.
Lonnie Smith since 2008.
IRON CITY has headlined NYC jazz clubs The Iridium, Fat Cat, Trumpet's, Cecil's, and
Northeast venues The Iron Horse, Bishop's Lounge, The Basement, and Revolution Hall.
CHARLIE APICELLA and IRON CITY are keeping the flame alive in the legacy of the funky
organ trio. With their soulful retro sound, their mission is to keep the people's feet
tappin', heads bobbin', and groove. Powered by the compelling original tunes of
guitarist Apicella, IRON CITY strives to break new ground while also drawing inspiration
from the masters.