Pics of the cd release party, performance photos, videos etc...
Monday, April 1st, 2013 9:14 AM
OUR HOUSE OF JAZZ
JAZZ: an African-American Creation, a Universal Connection. We have CD's, music videos and photos of Chicago's finest performers, CD Giveaways, Lyrics on request, calendar updates, soundbites, links to CD BABY,Rhapsody, etc, social commentary and more! Share your thoughts on any subject, scatter-chat with like-minded friends, and enjoy McCLERKIN'S HOUSE OF JAZZ!
Monday, April 1st, 2013 6:02 AM
iTUNES and APPLE
Spend time searching iTunes for Quality Music? Visit itunes.apple.com/us/artist/corky-mcclerkin/id39336991. Check us out on You Tube. People who choose WinCor Records hear the best in Chicago Jazz!
Friday, March 1st, 2013 5:09 PM
According to a reliable source, almost half of India defecates in the open while at the same time 63% have access to either a cell phone (?) or landline. Millions are dying throughout Africa due to food shortages reaching catastrophic conditions. In this country and around the world, " There is a water crisis today. But the crisis is not about having too little water to satisfy our needs. It is a crisis of managing water so badly that millions of people-and the environment-suffer badly", World Water Vision Report. US citizens are eating Pink Slime Hamburgers. Yes, SLIME. But what's a little slime if it tastes so good? Will eliminating any of these problems lead to a healthy tomorrow? What do you think!
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 2:15 PM
PAST AND PRESENT
"Hatsheput: From Queen to Pharoah", by C. Roehrig and Renee Dreyfus give verifiable evidence of her reign during Egypt's 15th Century B.C. Written in 2011, "Sister Citizen", by Melissa Harris-Perry gives fresh political insight on the impact of today's African-American woman. Look very carefully at Egyptian women statues. See anyone familiar? Like our First Lady?
Saturday, July 7th, 2012 11:48 AM
WE ARE TWO
"All things in the world are two. In our minds we are two, good and evil. With our eyes we see two things, things that are fair and things that are ugly,,,,,the righr hand that strikes and makes for evil, ....and the left hand full of kindness, near the heart. One foot may lead us to an evil way, the other foot may lead us to a good. So are all things two, all two." Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa) Pawnee
Thursday, June 21st, 2012 11:41 AM
SOMETHING TO REMEMBER
"WAR is PEACE FREEDOM is SLAVERY IGNORANCE is STRENGTH" George Orwell, 1984. Add KNOWLEDGE is EVIL, "Head U. Cate", 2012
Friday, June 15th, 2012 3:19 AM
I SAY FREEDOM
Democracy and Freedom are consistently bieng defined and debated. But sometimes the Present is merely a reflection from the Past. In 1999, I Say Freedom, (WinCor Records, 2001), was written, heralding the release of Nelson Mandela. One day, I hope to meet and thank him for his inspiration.
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 3:00 PM
GHOSTS OF LIBRARIES PAST
By 2020, public funds for libraries will continue to disappear. George Orwell's book, "1984", books were banned and set on fire. Today, books are being turned into Kindle-like firewood. People say CLOUDS wll store information of our past, present, and future. I don't believe it. Perhaps empty library buildings will be available for art and musical venues. I'm keeping an open mind.
Saturday, January 21st, 2012 6:54 PM
BLACK ACTION MOVIE: RED TAILS
George Lucas, with financial help from Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, has produced RED TAILS, the true story of the Tuskegee African American fighter pilots in World War II. It is the first "black action movie". Buy the DVD. Remembering our past is key to inspiring our future.
Sunday, September 11th, 2011 1:04 AM
ANOTHER INVISIBLE MAN
Why do so many forget our contributions to this country? In the movie United 93, depicting the events of 9/11/2001, LEROY WILTON HOMER JR. was portrayed as white. How could the producers ignore the fact he was African-American? I'm ashamed to say I only recently learned myself. Despite ten years later, my prayers to his wife Melodie, and daughter Laurel.
Monday, August 1st, 2011 2:48 AM
"The FUTURE belongs to those who prepare for it TODAY" MALCOLM X
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 2:45 AM
Soul Jazz!! Hear the Jazz. Feel the Soul. I can still hear the spirit-filled styles of Ray Charles, Horace Silver, Bobby Timmons, Gene Harris, Les McCann, and Ray Bryant. Soul Jazz was smooth, souful, and " slick". Most, if not all, of these African-American Pianists have passed on. But they have left us a Jazz Legacy we will never forget.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 3:35 AM
SEARCHIN' FOR THE SOUL
LP's are back! (Well, some are). Did you support Record Day in April? Did you buy "old school" Straight Ahead, Be-Bop, Soul Jazz, and Down Home Blues Records from the 80's? Exposure on You Tube and Facebook with their neverending search for Something New Generation have slowly made LP's ITEMS OF iNTEREST! CD copies of THIS album are available at CD Baby or Dusty Groove America, Inc. Revisit the Past, Enjoy the Present! Remember, Quality Music NEVER gets old--Because it's QUALITY!
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 4:12 PM
There is written history on the impact of African-American Music. Kevin Phinney's "Souled American: How Black Music Transformed White Culture", Eric Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Jazz?", and Robert Cataliotti's "The Music in African American Fiction" are three examples. Some identify JAZZ as the Life-Source of American Creativity. Find out why.
Monday, March 7th, 2011 1:46 PM
A MUSICAL GENIUS
"Ain't Misbehavin'", "Honeysuckle Rose"," Black and Blue", "Stompin' at the "Savoy", "In the Mood". Familiar songs to many. Lyrics of these songs were written by Andy Razaf, an African-American. In the 1920's and early 1930's, Harlem recognized Andy, with over 800 songs to his credit, as one of their most accomplished and prolific lyric writers. Today, most of us, myself included, who regularly perform these songs, never heard of this talented writer. Interestingly, my Fake Book has NO composer or lyricist on four of the above listed tunes. How many other unknown African-Americans have made significant contributions to the musical and intellectual fabric of this country? Sorry to say, quite a few.
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 5:05 PM
I attended a Piano Workshop sponsored by Michael Manson's Musical Art's Institute, featuring the dynamic Pianist George Duke. He shared his exceptional keyboard skills, while adding insightful discussions on technique, style and substance inspiring all in attendance. Visit his site, www.georgeduke.com. Read his 2007 comments entitled " An Observation". Many thanks to Mike for introducing us to a Master Teacher.
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 9:21 PM
DID YOU KNOW........
M. Phil Brooks developed the disposable syringe; Dr. Daniel Williams performed the first successful open heart surgery; Dr. Charles Turner, zoologist, was the first to demonstrate insects can hear; Dr. Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon who led the first medical team to successfully separate Siamese twins; Otis Boykin invented 28 electronic devices including the control unit for the pacemaker; and Dr. Charles Drew, best known for his work with blood plasma, also established the first blood bank in England. These men are Scientists. They are also African Americans. Their accomplishments continue to benefit us all.
Thursday, July 15th, 2010 6:30 PM
THE BEAST CALLED LIQUID GOLD
Think Katrina was catastrophic? Another nightmare has begun. In 2008, Wall Street won the government's highest honor for Most Unbelievable Examples of Incompetence and Greed-Ever (MUEIGE). In 2009, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase tied for 1st place. The banks, however, were unhappy. Sharing, not winning 1st prize meant potential losses to shareholders. But in 2010, the Deciders have already decided: BP is undisputed winner! Public outcry against Halliburton and Blackwater never reached the fever pitch of today's distrust of BP. Birds, Sea Turtles, Tuna, Pelicans, Whales, Dolphins, and Shrimp struggle in vain to escape the grimy globs of gooey slime. The Wetlands has become a Wasteland. Irreversable damages to our ecosystems have occurred. Is there an end to the Neverending pictures of gushing oil contaminating our water? Consumed with locating oil reserves suggests a future filled with instability. Drilling for oil cannot be more important than protecting the Land and Sea. WATER, not oil, is the lifesource for our future. We should seek help from the United Nations, the World Water Council, Underwater Robotics Asso., Aquaman Society, or Native Americans, original protectors of the land. Remember "Networks" Howard Beale? "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." He was a Madman making sense of Madness. I'm going to Google him. Maybe he can provide some answers.
Sunday, January 24th, 2010 8:20 PM
A DEFINITION OF JAZZ
What is Jazz? How would you describe it? In 2007, George Duke, Keyboard Master and teacher, has given , in my opinion, the best definition and insightful meaning on identifying this African-American art form. "Jazz is an attitude that has the Blues at it's core. It is at its best, mostly spontaneous.That is what separates it from other Music. Jazz musicians are spontaneous composers, versed in the art of theme and variations, couterpoint wizards, rhythmic voodoo doctors, melodic swans, harmonic oceans, creating what has yet to be created, constantly searching, assimilating and birthing a new music child.".
Sunday, January 10th, 2010 2:36 AM
At Last!! Congress has passed the Health Bill! Statistics for quality health care scream for reform. The documentary FOOD,INC was frightening. If the phrase "you are what you eat" is true, I'm afraid to look in the mirror. Also, from a credible source, I was told our current food and water supplies include pesticides, growth hormones, and estrogen that can sneak through water filtration plants. So tell me, after eating dinner, drinking a gass of water, and taking medicine before going to bed, can we wake up in "Good Health"?
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 3:05 PM
Some months ago I performed a one Hour Solo concert for the Piano Forte Foundation on the Fazioli Piano,located;in Chicago's Fine Arts Building,This Italian made Piano continues to gain international recognition as the Piano for the 21st Century. I recommend All pianists: amateurs, profesional, classically trained and those bold souls in the Jazz tradition to find THEIR opportunity to hear,feel, and produce their own unique Fazioli Sound for the Future! Thank you, Thomas Zoells!
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 3:51 PM
Dingwalls/Searchin' for the Soul
A Serious Soul Shout to Gilles Peterson, Patrick Forge, and Ether Records for including my 1983 title song Searchin' for the Soul as part of their 2006 release, DINGWALLS. To be associated with some of the world's greatest soul and jazz performers is an honor I will sincerely cherish.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 12:00 AM
WE ARE THE BEGINNING
Today is Special. VERY SPECIAL. President Barack Obama is in. George Bush is out. Yesterday we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. His "Dream" will echo for decades. But on Wednesday the Celebration wiil be over. Tomorrow is the beginning which will give us hope for the future. But too many African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans and others believe the answer to Dr. King's Dream is President Obama. He is NOT. WE, YOU and I, are the real answers to our own Dreams. Can you find the answers to your life and future within yourself? When and if we can, we will all help President Obama and each other to solve the problems of Tomorrow.YES WE CAN because each of us is The POWER of ONE.