Raised outside of Seattle, Jory discovered an early interest in the saxophone and music in general at an early age. While attending Mountlake Terrace High School and leading the top jazz ensemble their nationally recognized music program, Jory studied with local saxophone legend Mark Taylor. During his time at MTHS he was awarded several outstanding soloist awards as the lead alto saxophonist at both local and national festivals, including the highly revered Essentially Ellington festival in which he was awarded Most Outstanding Alto Saxophonist in 2008.
After graduating from MTHS, Jory moved on to a major in Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, where he studied with saxophonist Andrew Dahlke, flutist James Hall, and jazz faculty Dana Landry, Jim White, Erik Applegate, and Steve Kovalcheck. In 2012 Jory was named Most Outstanding Undergraduate Saxophonist by Downbeat Magazine along with UNC Lab 1 being named Most Outstanding College Big Band of which Jory was lead alto saxophone.In the midst of studying saxophone at UNC, Jory picked up an interest in visual design and web development.
He currently lives in Seattle where works as a sideman with many local musicians and leads several solo projects including the Seattle Hard Bop Collective, a trio performing original music, and several other projects in the work.
Jory started Downbeat Academy with Greg Feingold and Skyler Floe, along with musician services company Hype Creative Studios.