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Charlie Apicella About the Educator

Charlie Apicella was voted onto the 84th annual DownBeat Readers Poll for Guitar and
nominated in the 2019 Hot House NYC Readers Jazz Awards in three categories:
Jazz Artist Of The Year, Group (Charlie Apicella & Iron City), and Guitarist Of The Year

He has performed concerts and recorded with jazz legends Dave Holland, Sonny Fortune, and John Blake, Jr. as well as contemporary masters Joe Magnarelli, Vic Juris, Dave Stryker, and Don Braden.

In 2014 he was invited by Pat Martino to study improvisation, composition, and Pats unique method for learning the mechanics of the guitar.

Charlie began his music training in 1999 at the University of Massachusetts studying composition and improvisation with Yusef Lateef, music history with Archie Shepp, and private guitar lessons with Dave Stryker.

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Charlie Apicella is an Eastman Guitars Featured Artist,
a Guild Guitars Sponsored Artist,
and a ZT Amplifiers Official Artist.
He is a regular contributor to Vintage Guitar Magazine's YouTube channel

Charlie has published two DownBeat Woodshed masterclass lessons and a lesson for Just Jazz Guitar magazine.

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A deeply melodic guitarist along the lines of Grant Green. Apicella faithfully has sought to channel an era of American music when hard-bop and r&b reigned...But the guitarist still manages to keep things fresh. MATTHEW KASSEL, DownBeat

"As a player, Apicella immediately brings to mind Grant Green. Hes funky, hes bluesy, and hes not afraid to get dirty at times. Apicella and band have that perfect jazz rapport that allows them to be tight as hell and play off each other beautifully." JOHN HEIDT, Vintage Guitar Magazine

"Apicella's playing shines...[he] is aware of the straight-ahead tradition, showcasing his Wes Montgomery influence...Apicella's guitar sound is bright and clean, and easily cuts through the huge sound of the organ." TIM FISCHER, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine



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