We share a common list of players. I'm definitely a Branford Marsalis man, with respect to today's players. Also a fan of Michael Brecker. I've been listening to a ton of Sonny Stitt lately, to improve my bop-blues chops. The way he plays bop over blues has become an objective of mine to learn. Coltrane and Dexter Gordon go without saying. I also thoroughly enjoy Hiromi, and I've recently added some of Keith Jarrett's right-hand piano lines to my "to transcribe" list.
Right now I'm trying to figure out a decent alto sound. My primary goal as a player right now is to learn the ability to play 4-6 minutes of seamless up-tempo blues (in Bb first...more keys to follow). My opinion is, if there is any one thing that I as a jazz performer should be good at it's the ability to play blues proficiently. By the end of Spring quarter I hope to learn Confirmation and Donna Lee.