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Charlie Apicella

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).


Charlie Apicella is an Eastman Guitars Featured Artist a Guild Guitars Sponsored Artist and a ZT Amplifiers Official Artist. He teaches an online TrueFire guitar school, Charlie Apicella’s Solid Guitar and is a regular contributor to Vintage Guitar Magazine’s YouTube channel. Charlie Apicella has published two DownBeat Woodshed masterclass lessons and a lesson for Just Jazz Guitar magazine.


Eastman 805 CE Uptown guitar 1966 Guild T100 guitar ZT Amplifiers Jazz Club amp


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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

Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


http://www.ironcity.nyc/lessons.html Charlie teaches via Skype and Facetime and in person in New York City on the faculty of the New York Jazz Workshop. https://newyorkjazzworkshop.com/faculty/charlie-apicella/ Check out the TrueFire Channel Charlie Apicella's Solid Guitar for Charlie's full video curriculum complete with PDF materials, interactive lessons, and more. https://truefire.com/channels/solid-guitar/l3255 Charlie Apicella has performed concerts and recorded with jazz legends Dave Holland, Sonny Fortune, John Blake, Jr

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Destiny Calling

OA2 Records


Groove Machine

OA2 Records


One Night Only: a...

CArlo Music Records


Payin' The Cost To Be...

CArlo Music Records


Big Boss

Zoho Music


The Business

Carlo Music


Titan vs. Sphinx

From: Destiny Calling
By Charlie Apicella


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