Sidney Bechet/Coleman Hawkins/Lester Young/Ben Webster

Benny Carter/Charlie Parker/Marshall Royal/Johnny Hodges

Dexter Gordon/Johnny Griffin/Sonny Rollins

Stan Getz/Eddie Harris/Hank Mobley/Gene Ammons

Julian “Cannonball” Adderley/Paul Desmond/Lee Konitz

John Coltrane/Wayne Shorter/John Gilmore/Joe Henderson

Eric Dolphy/Ornette Coleman/Dewey Redman

Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis/Archie Shepp/Yusef Lateef/Gerry Mulligan

Rahsaan Roland Kirk/Charles Lloyd/Albert Ayler/Pharoah Sanders

Michael Brecker/Joe Lovano/Dave Liebman/Steve Grossman

Branford Marsalis/Chris Potter/Seamus Blake/Skerik/Ravi Coltrane

Mark Turner/Greg Osby/Steve Coleman/Dave Pietro/Kenny Garrett

…and so many more!!

These are a handful of players you need to know about and to gain some intimacy with their playing. You should listen with the idea of learning a bit about who they were/are through their music.

Find the players who you like and check out who influenced them!

Do your homework. Be informed.