Charlie Apicella About the Educator

Charlie Apicella has performed concerts and recorded with jazz legends Dave Holland, Sonny Fortune, John Blake, Jr. and is the founder of the band Iron City.


He, along with Vic Juris and Dave Stryker, comprise the ZT Amplifiers Artist Showcase.


In 2014 he was invited by Pat Martino to study improvisation, composition, and Pat's 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 and music history with Archie Shepp.


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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


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"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