Charlie Apicella

Iron City is the group of guitarist Charlie Apicella. They play soul jazz (and more) in the spirit of groovemaster and Hammond B-3 organist Jack McDuff. One Night Only ls the group’s newest album, a tribute to McDuff that includes Brother Jack’s “Dink’s Blues” — one of the tunes they played on The Blues Break. Radam Schwartz, a longtime friend of WBGO, played the station’s own Hammond organ, joined by saxophonist George Ghee and drummer Alan Korzin.

Once upon a time, jazz joints were happening all around Newark. Sparky J's. The Front Room. The Key Club. The Cadillac Club. And groups with an organist shook the earth. Jack McDuff. Jimmy McGriff. Lou Donaldson with Lonnie Smith. Charles Earland, The Mighty Burner.