Jory grew up in the suburbs of Seattle and found a passion for music and the saxophone while attending Mountlake Terrace High School under the direction of Darin Faul. While attending MTHS Jory had the opportunity to attend jazz festivals all over the country and the Pacific Northwest, including the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Viking Jazz Festival where he was awarded numerous soloist awards, and the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival where he was awarded the award for Most Outstanding Alto Saxophone Soloist. During this time Jory travelled with the MTHS Jazz Ensemble 1 as a featured ensemble at both the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
During his time at MTHS Jory studied with some of the best musicians and educators in the area including Mark Taylor, Jay Thomas, Dawn Clement, John Hansen, Matt Jorgensen, Michael Stegner, David Marriott, Steve Treseler, and many others.
After graduating in 2008 from MTHS he moved to Colorado to attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado in pursuit of a degree in Jazz Studies where he studied under the tutelage of saxophone professor Dr. Andrew Dahlke, Director of Jazz Studies Dana Landry, Erik Applegate, Steve Kovalcheck, and Jim White. During his time at UNC Jory also had the privilege of studying clarinet under Connor O’Meara, and flute under Brielle Frost, and Dr. James Hall.
In 2012 Jory was honored with the award of Outstanding Undergraduate Saxophonist by Downbeat Magazine, as well as Most Outstanding College Big Band for his work in the UNC Lab Band 1 as lead alto saxophonist under the direction of Dana Landry.
After graduating from UNC in 2012, Jory moved back to Seattle where he plays and performs with some of the best musicians in the city, while also leading a variety of ensembles focusing on both original music and creative interpretations of everything from Carlos Jobim, to Kanye West.
While attending UNC, Jory acted as the publisher for the local UNC chapter of the Jazz Education Network (JEN), which involved designing and distributing information to JEN members about clinics, workshops, and concerts sponsored by or in collaboration with JEN. This led Jory to discover an interest in visual design which gradually led to an interest in full-stack design. Jory works on a variety of projects ranging from graphic design for print and digital formats, web design and development, UI design, email design and development, and generally problem solving with the user in mind. Jory works with a variety of local clients ranging from musicians, creatives, and educators, as well as small businesses and educational institutions helping them find the perfect identity as a brand.