first of all there are many different kinds of jazz. it's best to focus on a specific era, ie. the era that turns you on the most.

get all the recordings of the major pianists of said era and listen to them night and day.

when you've decided who and what you'd like to emulate, ask some specific questions here. there are people on these boards that are experts in any type of jazz there is. one of them will have answers.

your sentence "i do not play jazz - not the way i hear others play jazz" is true of all jazz musicians. we all speak with our own individual voice, even though we may be using the same vocabulary and grammar.

other jazz musicians might be envious of the way you play jazz, thinking to themselves "where the heck does she get those great ideas from?"
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