“I take great pride in my tone and my Eastman Uptown has been delivering for years. I like a vintage archtop tone with no effects into a tough solid state amp (Polytone). The guitar is clean and full, with the perfect amount of high end, which is the key to that classic 60′s jazz guitar sound.
My new T146 is remarkable. It delivers that true archtop tone which is the heart of my sound, from my solo work to Freddie Green-style big band rhythm playing. Every time I play it I fall in love again with the bright, punchy tone, and expert craftsmanship.”
New York City based jazz guitarist Charlie Apicella is the founder of IRON CITY. The band has headlined regional festivals and jazz clubs The Iridium, Fat Cat, Banjo Jim’s, Puppet’s, Trumpets and Cecil’s, as well as Chris’ Jazz Club, Philadelphia and Nomad, Wilmington, DE. Additionally, he is in demand with big bands for his strong rhythm playing. Charlie has collaborated with saxophonist Stephen Riley, percussionist Mayra Casales, violinist John Blake, Jr., organist Dan Kostelnick, and is produced by guitarist Dave Stryker.
What Others Have to Say About Charlie
“Apicella is a lithe, swinging guitarist with an affinity for the contrasting styles of both Grant Green and Wes Montgomery…An all-around impressive debut by a guitarist of substance.” - MARK GARDNER, Jazz Journal
”Apicella is a no-nonsense player of unquestioned chops and whose soul drips from each note… This is “organic” music, and Apicella is an exciting young player…Apicella immediately brings to mind Grant Green. He’s funky, he’s bluesy, and he’s not afraid to get dirty at times. The perfect illustration of how great this band is together is Charlie’s “64 Cadillac.” 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