Jazz guitarist Charlie Apicella brought his gorgeous guitar tone to the Town Crier. His guitar sound is a throwback to an earlier time when melody and tone trumped improvisational meandering. Every note is direct and crisp with the emphasis on the “groove”. We open the show with a live recording of Charlie and his trio doing a tune,” Three Sided” which has it’s origins in lessons he learned years earlier for Yusef Lateef. Lateef is a giant in the jazz world with a DownBeat Hall of Fame accolade as part of his resume. Charlie attended University Mass as an Afro-American studies major working with the like of Archie Shepp and Billy Taylor among many others. Our conversation covers these topics and more. We talk about meeting BB King, his early guitar idol and getting his guitar pick guard autographed.
Charlie has become an instructor with TrueFire teaching guitar topics and instruction online. He also is developing a curriculum for “Blues and Beyond” which is another exciting opportunity to teach about all styles of African American music.