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: Guitar, Group (Charlie Apicella & Iron City), and Jazz Artist 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 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 has published two DownBeat Woodshed masterclass lessons and a lesson for Just Jazz Guitar magazine.
“Classic Guitar” 2020, ZOHO Records
“Groove Machine” 2019, Origin/ OA2 Records
“One Night Only: a tribute to Jack McDuff” 2018, CArlo Music