Clayton E Corley, Sr.
Host/Producer of an Internet Program, Writer, Poet
I was born March 4, 1958 to the late Barbara M. Ayers and the
late William M. Corley, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but raised
by my Mom and Stepfather James S. Ayers, Sr. I graduated from West
Philadelphia High School in the bicentennial year of 1976. I
attended classes at the University of Pa., did clinical at the
Pennsylvania Hospital School of Respiratory Care and received my
Certification as a Respiratory Therapist. I've been working in the
community where I was raised at Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia for
36 years and received The Sister Catherine McCauley award in 2003
as Employee of the Year.
I also work in the community having served as Judge of Elections
in third ward seventeenth division, block captain of my block in
West Philadelphia and currently Committeeman of the above ward and
My love of writing began at the age of 14 and continued though
high school where I was a writer for the school newspaper. I was
recognized by the Pulitzer Award Committee for my articles about
the West Philadelphia High School Speedboys basketball team, who
at the time were number one in the nation. With the encouragement
of family and friends I co-authored a wonderful book entitled
"Universal Moods; Short Stories and Poetry to Stir the Mind, Body
My love of jazz stems from childhood when I was asked to play the
albums belonging to my parents while they entertained guests in
the basement of their home. Yes, they ran a speakeasy and I was
the "Record Guy." My parent’s collection consisting of artists
such as Miles Davis, Errol Garner, Sarah Vaughan, Cannonball
Adderley, and Nancy Wilson created the foundation for my broad
knowledge of jazz.
I feel that jazz and poetry were made for each other. Both have
elements of improvisation and are major ways of negotiating
agendas and communicating with one another. They also have vast
history especially as it relates to our culture. These two art
forms need to be kept alive and passed down to future generations.
I was born under the sign of Pisces. As is true to most born under
that sign, I am a “Dreamer.” I feel this trait is evident in my
writing and has helped in formulating the concept for my radio
program “Spotlight On Jazz and Poetry.” I am married to Victoria,
and have four children, and one granddaughter.
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2016-04-10
I love jazz because it swings! It also relaxes me and helps me
communicate my thoughts on paper since i'm a writer and poet.
It’s elements of improvisation is similar. When I hear jazz i'm
thinking poetic thoughts and when i'm listening to poetry or
reading it, jazz melody, meter and riffs come to mind!
I was first exposed to jazz when i was a child listening to my
parents play their albums for guests....they ran a speakeasy in
our basement and as I grew older i played the music on a stereo
record player upstairs for them while they entertained. I read
album covers and liner notes all the time.
I met Arthur Prysock, Shirley Scott, Sonny Stitt at our house.
Whenever Arthur Prysock was performing in the Philadelphia area
and my parents walked in and if he happened to see them he would
stop the band and break into "I Worry Bout You."
The best show I ever attended was Nancy Wilson at the Zellerbach
Theater, Annenberg Center on U of P Campus in September 24,1999.
(my wedding anniversary)
The first jazz record I bought was Horace Silver "Blowin' The
My advice to new listeners is to keep an open mind, do not think
the music is too intellectual or complicated and be prepared to