Jory Kinjo brings a unique history to his music and draws from his experiences playing and performing Soul, Ska, Reggae and Rhythm & Blues all over the world.
Kinjo grew up playing old-school soul music with long-standing Calgary band, Mocking Shadows. In 1999, he joined the band and warmed the stage for Canadian 3 tours with the B.B. King and toured with other artists such as the Tragically Hip, ZZ Top and Buddy Guy.
In 2007, Kinjo toured Europe playing bass for Montreal’s third-wave ska kings, the Planet Smashers. They toured with punk legends Bad Religion and headlined other European festivals. This experience ignited a love for ska & reggae and inspired a new direction in his music.
Kinjo formed “JK & the Relays” in 2009 and has since toured and performed with the Slackers (NYC), the Aggrolites (LA), Fishbone (LA) and the English Beat (UK). JK & the Relays were breakout performers at the 2012 Montreal Ska Festival and the 2013 Victoria Ska Festival.
In 2010 Kinjo formed a project with his brothers, Kaley Kinjo, Tashi Kinjo and Shaw Kinjo. The Kinjo Bros. were invited to perform in Okinawa, Japan at the Naha Matsuri Festival which was broadcast live on TV and Radio in southern Japan. The Kinjo Bros. have since returned to perform in Japan numerous times.
Recent notable dates include appearances with a wide array of artists from UB40 to South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela. In October 2014, Kinjo, in a trio with the Slackers’ frontman, Vic Ruggiero shared the bill with reggae superstar Ziggy Marley @ the Jack Singer concert hall in Calgary, AB.