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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).

Groove Machine

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Three Sided; Space Madness; Hot Dog; Lemon Rind; Along The Southern Coast; Calypso Blue; Ironicity; Brother Elijah.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Apicella: Groove Machine

Read "Groove Machine" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Groove Machine, Charlie Apicalla & Iron City serves up a gumbo of styles that run from New Orleans blues and Chicago funk to Motown and New York bop. The combination makes for a “groovy" listening experience—road music that will keep the head nodding and the mind trucking. Apicella penned five of the eight numbers on ...

One Night Only: a tribute to Jack McDuff

Label: CArlo Music Records
Released: 2017

Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss: a tribute to BB King

Label: CArlo Music Records
Released: 2016

Big Boss

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: I Hear A Symphony; Idris; In The Grass; Big Boss; Spoonful; Amalfi; The Selma March; Sunday Mornin'.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Apicella & Iron City: Big Boss

Read "Big Boss" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Thank god for groove music. In an era when needless complexity often dominates, it's nice to encounter a throwback record that's built on feel-good rhythms and soulful declarations. That's what Big Boss is all about. Sparks (Carlo, 2009) set things in motion for this band, as guitarist-leader Charlie Apicella planted his flag in ...

The Business

Label: Carlo Music
Released: 2011
Track listing: The Business; 64 Cadillac; Donny Brook; Ironicity; Can't Help Falling In Love; Cantaloupe Woman; Blue String; The Shaw Shuffle; Stanley's Time.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Apicella & Iron City: The Business

Read "The Business" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Guitarist Charlie Apicella & Iron City get down to the gritty business of delivering variations of funk and soul jazz on The Business, a well-crafted, vibrant grind of guitar-organ sounds supported by percussion and saxophone voices in an exciting quintet format. Though Apicella's playing style has been compared to that of Wes Montgomery, he also has ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Charlie Apicella and Iron City - The Business (2011)

Charlie Apicella and Iron City - The Business (2011)

There's an irresistible swagger to old-fashioned, grease-popping soul jazz records, something so far removed in this hidebound era of button-down classicists. Everything about it—the left-hand blasts of organ, the scrappy guitar riffs, the flame-kissed sax retorts—just says: Party. Charlie Apicella and Iron City's The Business, newly issued by CArlo Records, is no different. From the initial ...


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