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    Charlie Apicella & Iron City

    10:00 pm-12:00 am

    Charlie Apicella & Iron City’s fifth record is a testament to the band’s 10th anniversary as they approach their 2,000th gig milestone.

    In the spirit of legendary organist Jack McDuff, this hard bop burner transports you to the soulful, toe tapping, smoke-filled rooms of life on the Chitlin Circuit!

    One Night Only: a tribute to Jack McDuff was featured WBGO Radar, Michael Bourne’s Blues Break, and Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International.  


    Charlie Apicella has been mentored in improvisation and composition by Yusef Lateef, Pat Martino, and Dave Stryker.

    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.

    He has written lessons for DownBeat and Just Jazz Guitar magazines and has been profiled in Vintage Guitar and Hot House magazines.



    “I think you will find that “Sparks” will light the artistic fires of the soul and intellect.” Heartfully, YUSEF LATEEF


    “New York’s Apicella is a big time soloist an comping artist and his strengths shine on his latest.

    His playing behind Sonny Fortune’s soloing on “Lookin’ East” is a joy to hear.”

    “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…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

    “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

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    10:00 pm-12:00 am

    BLACU is Jazz-influenced instrumental band based in Brooklyn, New York.

    A band formed by guitarist Yusuke Yamanouchi(Tokyo, Japan), drummer Sohei Oyama(Kyoto, Japan) in 2017, New York City.


    Yusuke Yamanouchi is a Guitarist/Composer/Arranger born in Tokyo, Japan in 1978. His music education started since when he was five years old, taking private piano lessons. At the age of twenty, Yusuke Yamanouchi attended an art school based in his hometown, Tokyo. It was here that he found Bill Evans and Jim Hall’s album “undercurrent” which inspired him to learn jazz music. He then entered Iida jazz school in Tokyo to study jazz music formally. At Iida, he took many private guitar lessons and ensemble lessons from prestigious jazz musicians such as Toshiki Nunokawa, Koichi Yabori and Shyunji Takenaka. At the same time, he actively began playing live concerts in Tokyo, where he performed at famous jazz clubs, restaurants and concert halls with his group and various other renowned bands. 

    After his successful career as a jazz guitarist based in Tokyo, Japan, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 2009 to study Jazz Composition/Performance, to deepen his expertise, and to flourish his career as a musician at Berklee College of Music, for which he was awarded the Berklee World Tour Award throughout his school years. He has learned jazz guitar from the most famous, legendary and inspiring Jazz musicians in the world including of Brett Willmott, David Gilmore, Tim Miller, Tomo Fujita and Bruce Saunders, and jazz composition and arranging from pioneers in jazz such as Dave Johnson, Bob Pilkington and Jackson Schultz. He also actively participated in many concerts, benefit performances, and live music recordings. Moving to the U.S. has played a major role in shaping who he is today musically as well as personally.

    In 2013, he graduated from Berklee College of Music, then he relocated to New York the most competitive city for jazz artists, where his career has flourished. He has actively started performing with many prominent musicians and groups at many well-known jazz venues in New York and New England area.

    SOHEI OYAMA/ Drummer

    Sohei Oyama is a professional drummer / percussionist born in 1984, Kyoto, Japan.

    His first experience with musical instruments was the Japanese traditional drum called the WADAIKO when he was 6, and he started his music career as a drummer at the age of 11.

    After he won the best drummer award hosted by the local YAMAHA music school, he moved to Boston, MA, where he received a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in 2004.

    In the past 13 years, he has been a band member of THE RiCECOOKERS as rock drummer, recording, performing and touring in the US and Japan.

    In 2017, Sohei formed his own band, BLACU, with guitarist Yusuke Yamanouchi, based in NYC, where they would perform at local bars and venues.

    Sohei now resides in Brooklyn, NY.

    Ruby Choi/Singer

    Ruby Choi is a professional singer-songwriter and recording artist based in New York. She studied under Gretchen Parlato and Theo Bleckmann at the Manhattan School of Music with a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance. However, Despite her formal education in the genre, she is not always loyal to Jazz: her love for music embraces other genres, such as Neo-Soul and Electronic.

    Tomoaki Baba/Sax

    Musician /Saxophone player /Composer /Arranger /Art Creator

    He was born in 1992 in Sapporo, Japan.

    He started playing saxophone when he was 7 years old.
    He attended Berklee 5 weeks program in 2007, 2008, 2009 as a full scholarship student and he was selected for Berklee Jazz workshop directed by Terri Lyne Carrington in 2010.

    He was awarded full scholarship Berklee College of Music, he has been experiencing many things, performing with greatest musicians, Terence Blanchard(tp), Dayna Stephens(sax), Terri Lyne Carrington(ds), Jamie Callum(vo, pf), Sean Jones(tp), Darren Barrett(tp)

    Now he started collaborating with different kinds of art for example fashion, architecture, painting, plant art, though his music. Especially, he is interested in collaborating with fashion and he has been working with the art magazine named “Metropolitan Society”. As a crew of Metropolitan Society creative team, he was modeling/styling for collaboration with Engineered Garments and own project “Lonely Traveler”. Also He started working as events producer. He produced “”Jazz Summit Tokyo Summer Festival 2015‘ as a first step of his producer career. 

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    George Papa George Trio

    8:00 pm-11:00 pm
    277 Church St, NY, United States
    277 Church St, NY, United States

    George Papageorge is a blues, jazz, funk and rock organist, keyboard player based in New York City. First acitve in the early 1990s, Papageorge toured, recorded, and co-wrote music for soul singer Mighty Sam McClain and soul-jazz guitar legend Melvin Sparks, among many others. Always delivering energetic performances both on stage and on over 25 recordings, Papageorge has supported the most soulful and driven artists as a sideman.

    2015 introduces Papageorge’s debut recording “Snowstorm Blues” with guitarists Randy Johnston and Matt Chertkoff and drummers Vince Ector and Brian Floody.

    All of the nine tunes were performed in a trio setting and two were written by Papageorge. Notable tracks include “Cocaine,” written by the recently deceased J.J Cale and made famous worlwide by Eric Clapton. This rendition has a funky soul-jazz pulse. From the Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night, the tune “And I love Her” is given a soulful treatment. Other highlight include a dramtaic Hammond solo on the Johnie Taylor breakthrough number one hit, “Whose Making Love,” and a well crafted organ solo on “Heaven.” Papageorge’s influences include Charles Earland, Jimmy Smith and Booker T. Jones.

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    10:00 pm-12:00 am

    “Yayoi shines as a singer in addition to being an adept arranger and composer. She is also a surprisingly supple improviser, who seamlessly improvises as competently as any horn player would, and does so with a confidence and unobtrusiveness that draws the listener in more closely .” —J.D. Walter

    Born in Osaka, Japan, Yayoi started her musical studies on piano at three years old, and a few years later began her practice of Shigin, a traditional Japanese operatic form of poetry recitation.

    In her teenage years Yayoi’s Shigin vocals garnered much recognition, including her renowned 1996 Festival Hall performance for King Records. She was a finalist at the Osaka Prefecture Shigin Festival (Osaka Fu Rengo Shigin Taikai) every year from 1996-2001 and was runner up in 2002-03. Yayoi was also a finalist at the prestigious Japan National Shigin Competition (Aiokoku Rengo Shigin Taikai) from 2000-2004.

    Concurrently, Yayoi performed vocals in the Osaka club scene improvising with major Drum n Bass and House Music DJs at Club Down, Joule and elsewhere in the late 1990s. In 2000 she won the Kansai region in an a cappella competition sponsored by Sony Music.

    Yayoi taught Shigin for several years while she expanded into to her new love, jazz. She began working with notables such as Yoshio ‘Chin’ Suzuki (Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers), Hisatsugu Suzuki and many others. Yayoi was also featured on a Jazz Bank label compilation release in 2002.

    After arriving in New York, Yayoi studied with Karrin Allyson, J.D. Walter, Eri Yamamoto, David Hazeltine, and Jeannette LoVetri. She was also selected to participate in Bobby McFerrin’s workshop at Carnegie Hall in the Spring of 2008.

    Yayoi released her debut album Introducing Yayoi in late 2009. Along with her nationwide tour of Japan,Introducing Yayoi was featured in the press and on radio broadcasts throughout Japan, including a 2 hour special with Yayoi on FM Kanagawa.

    Yayoi became a mother, giving birth to 2 beautiful daughters.

    Yayoi is currently completing her second 2nd featuring her original compositions and brought to life by an amazing group of musicians including : James Hurt, Lars Ekman, Quincy Davis, Marvin Sewell, Akihito Obama and special guests.
    Look for it in 2018 !