i would like some suggestions as to which piano players i should listen to.  i want to listen to players who are within my reach technically... i am a beginner/intermediate player (student).  i want to learn to play standards and the blues.  who are the main "go to" players that people here have learned the most from?

fyi - i have been listening to jazz radio and have acquired many discs since 1979, so i am not new to jazz in general.

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there are probably as many suggestions as there are members of this forum!  i did a quick google search for "jazz pianists" and this page popped up:

btw, the first three that come to my mind are oscar, herbie and bill
when i was trying to wrap my head around bop and post-bop style soloing, going back to bud powell and red garland really helped. they tend to use many of the same techniques and ornaments from solo to solo that clearly give their lines a "bebop/jazz" sound without the additional harmonic and rhythmic complexity that later players (herbie, bill) bring into their playing. red also has a very straight forward left hand style (a chord on every fourth 8th note) that pairs easily with bop rhythms. horace silver also falls into the above category for his right hand, though he has a pretty strange left hand style.

herbie and oscar can also be very accessible, particularly when playing on blues
tunes.  however, both of them can get pretty advanced on standards.  as for bill evans, i couldn't really "hear" what he was doing for years as a casual listener until i spent some time with bud and red.
thanks for the suggestions!  [ziggysane] i especially appreciate the specific info on how you needed to go to bud and red before you could really hear what bill evans was doing. that's what i'm looking for, the specific and personal "who and why" of it.
for the blues try the keys on eric clapton's "me and mr johnson" cd.
any bb king, dr. john, alan tousaint, bill payne (little feat) and john cleary.
my frien bob malone who plays with john foggaty is also worth digging for.
good luck. ricardo
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