Charlie Apicella & Iron City feat. Don Braden

Lancaster Roots & Blues RETURNS - Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Sept 27, 28 & 29

Charlie Apicella & Iron City feat. Don Braden Biography

Charlie Apicella was voted onto the 86th and 84th DownBeat Readers Poll for Guitar.

He studied composition and improvisation with musical titans Yusef Lateef and Pat Martino and was trained as a historian by Archie Shepp and Dr. Billy Taylor. As a young guitarist he met his idol BB King, who offered him advice and shared some stories.

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, Don Braden, and Jon Herington of Steely Dan.

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Charlie Apicella is Director of Music Curriculum for The Blues and Beyond He is an Eastman Guitars Featured Artist
a Guild Guitars Sponsored Artist and a
ZT Amplifiers Official Artist.
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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. He’s funky, he’s bluesy, and he’s not afraid to get dirty at times.” 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

“I think you will find that “SPARKS” will light the artistic fires of the soul and intellect.” Heartfully, Yusef Lateef


Don Braden is a world-class tenor saxophonist, and flutist who is known around the world as an exciting and interactive jazz soloist, a creative and prolific composer, a passionate and energetic educator and as a specialist at arranging and performing classic popular songs in the modern jazz style.

“Don Braden creates accessible music built atop the pillars of wit, honesty, swing, and heart, and delivers music that alternately cooks, calms, struts, and soars.”

– Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz


Charlie Apicella & Iron City featuring Don Braden will twice.  The first show will be for our annual Saturday afternoon VIP (Only) party, this year in a new venue for us, The Fulton Theater from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.  The second show, which is open to all ticket holders is Saturday evening at Zoetropolis.