- Genre: Jazz
- Instrument: Guitar
- Web Site: Here
- Location: New York
As a leader, he has CDs that have received 4 stars in Downbeat, and been voted 10 best of the year in Coda and Cadence. He has performed around the world, including Switzerland, South Korea, Canada, India, Italy, Bahamas, Israel, Austria, Iceland, Czech Republic, Spain, Denmark, Kazakhstan, and across the United States. His Quartet regularly performs to sold-out crowds in New York City as well.
Rory has performed as leader or co-leader in groups with George Garzone, Billy Harper, John Ellis, Jaleel Shaw, Glenn Wilson, Ernie Krivda, Robert Glasper, Armen Donelian, Marc Copland, Kevin Hayes, Jason Lindner, Cecil Bridgewater, Jack Walrath, Sheila Jordan, Jean Rohe, Becca Stevens, Anthony Cox, Reggie Workman, Francois Moutin, Matt Penman, Brandon Owens, Chris Tordini, John Lockwood, Doug Weiss, Calvin Hill, Chip Jackson, Keith Copeland, John Riley, Dan Weiss, Ari Hoenig, Dafnis Prieto, and Obed Calvaire.
As a sideman, he worked with a wide variety of jazz artists, including Charlie Rouse, Charles Earland, Steve Nelson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ernie Krivda, Larry Coryell, Bill Doggett, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Bill Saxton, and the Keith Copeland Coalition with John Stubblefield and Joe Locke. He performed in Europe in Steve Coleman's band with Geri Allen, Graham Haynes, and Cassandra Wilson. He appeared as a guest with Vincent Herring’s group in Switzerland and with Michael Wolff in Innsbruck, Austria.
Rory also teaches at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he designed and teaches the advanced rhythm curriculum. He has led the rhythm area at New School since 1992, and recently received the Recognition of Teaching Excellence Award, the school’s highest honor to faculty. He also has taught workshops and clinics around the world, including Berkelee College of Music, Jazz Outreach (Austria, 2003) VenetoJazz (Italy, 2005-2008), Seoul Korea (2007-2008), Sao Paolo, Brazil (via Skype, 2009) and the International Association of Jazz Educators (NY, 2001 and 2007). The list of his former students reads like a “Who’s Who” of rising young jazz artists.
He has received grants from Meet the Composer and the National Endowment for the Arts. He's been interviewed in CADENCE, and a feature article on him appeared in GUITAR PLAYER.