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
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
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
New York City
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
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