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Charlie Apicella

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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).

Album

Destiny Calling

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: As the Sun Rises; Titan vs. Sphinx; Juma's Song / Maliki Melasha; We're All Here in Spirit; It's Alright to Run; I Heard in Passing; If You Know Where to Look; Where Do You Find These People?; Sparks.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kenny Barron, Kip Hanrahan, Claire Martin and More

Read "Kenny Barron, Kip Hanrahan, Claire Martin and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show covers a wide variety of jazz, from Kenny Barron and Ornette Coleman to Claire Martin and Kip Hanrahan. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Kip Hanrahan “Buddy Bolden's Blues" from All Roads Are ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlie Apicella and Iron City Meet the Griots Speak: Destiny Calling

Read "Destiny Calling" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Since the early 2000s, guitarist Charlie Apicella's Iron City trio has devoted itself to maintaining the tradition of soulful, organ-based jazz. The aptly-titled Groove Machine (OA2 Records, 2019) preceded Destiny Calling, the group's 2023 album. And the latest one is quite a change-up. For this outing, Apicella has teamed up with The Griots Speak, an all-star ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlie Apicella & Iron City: The Griots Speak: Destiny Calling

Read "The Griots Speak: Destiny Calling" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Guitarist Charlie Apicella and his organ trio Iron City are solidly based in the hard-bop mainstream. However, some of their releases are flavored with other motifs, partially by virtue of the guest artists. For instance, the tribute to legendary guitarist B.B. King, Payin' the Cost To Be the Boss (CArlo, Music, 2016), with an augmented sextet, ...

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Titan vs. Sphinx

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 03:44

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

All New Sounds From Gillece, Berne, The JOI Jazz Orchestra And More

Read "All New Sounds From Gillece, Berne, The JOI Jazz Orchestra And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we present new music from Behn Gillece, Tim Berne with Aurora Nealand and Hank Roberts, and The JOI Jazz Orchestra. In addition three new releases on the Diskoknife lable from Audible Spirits, Darren Johnston, and, Mick Rossi with Peter Hess and Matt Moran. There are also new releases from Ben Sher, Massimo Magee,Louis ...

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Article: Live Review

Pat Martino: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy @ Jazz at the Point Festival

Read "Pat Martino: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy @ Jazz at the Point Festival" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


A Celebration of the Life and the Legacy of Pat Martino 35+ Musicians Jazz@thePoint Festival Gateway Playhouse Somers Point, NJ November 3-5, 2022 NOTE: A complete listing of the Celebration events and musicians provided by the South Jersey Jazz Society can be found here. ...

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Article: Interview

Joe Donofrio: Remembering Pat Martino

Read "Joe Donofrio: Remembering Pat Martino" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Guitarist Pat Martino passed away on November 1, 2021 after an extended bout of respiratory illness. As we approach the first anniversary of his passing, his long-time manager and dear friend Joe Donofrio and the South Jersey Jazz Society are putting together an exciting four days in the New Jersey coastal town of Somers Point, consisting ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Great New Guitar Music

Read "Great New Guitar Music" reviewed by Bob Osborne


It's all about guitars on this show with fantastic new albums featuring six strings. Thumbscrew return with their sixth album and Mary Halvorson is continually inventive with her approach to the instrument in a jazz context. There's also a debut from Mike Freedman, ground breaking sounds from Johnathan Kane and Dave Soldier, and the New York ...


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