Corky was born and raised on Chicago's South Side. He studied classical piano for 8 years. Hearing Duke Ellington at the famous Regal Theater inspired Corky to study Jazz. Reading Langston Hughes motivated Corky to develop learning skills to write. After a 3 years Army stint at Ft. Benning, Ga., Corky returned and to this day, continues to perform Jazz Solo, Trio, and Quartet throughout the Chicagoland area.
Receiving a BA from Roosevelt University in 1973 and MA in Urban Studies in 1975, Corky decided to write Undercurrents, a book composed of short stories on the African American experience. In 1981, Corky served as musical director and arranger for the Chicago production of Sasha! Sing Dinah! Also in 1981, Corky started Korwin Enterprises and WinCor Records. Finished products are the Album Searchin" for the Soul (1983), The Power of One, (1992), and Island of Dreams, (2001).The title song, Searchin' for the Soul has been included on 2 compilations: London Jazz Classics, (1996, Soul Jazz Records) and Dingwalls, (2006, Ether Records). In 1996, Corky's Trio was a semifinalist in BET's search for Best Jazz Group.
He has performed with Jon and George Freeman, Sonny Stitt, Jack DeJohnette, and Eddie Davis, plus accompanied vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dee Alexander, Earnestine Anderson, Linda Hopkins, Joan Collaso, Al Hibbler, and Sasha Daltonn. His global performances include Singapore and the Virgin Islands. Corky is a member of the National Asso. of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), American Federation of Musicians, and the World Future Society.