Q: HOW DO I GET INTO JAZZ? A: Jazz being jazz and 100 years old there's as much recorded jazz music as any other genre and as many "intro to jazz" lists as there are "essential" artists which is to say there are a shitton. This is just a list of lists - the reddit one and the jazz.org are shorter and easier to stomach but you should really listen to as much as you can. A great way to find new stuff is to listen to albums by sidemen on records you like. Exploring is important. And talk about jazz (preferably here) and get recs. New Yorker: 100 Essential Jazz Albums /r/jazz: Essential Jazz Albums Jazz.org: 10 Essential Jazz Albums /mu/core jazz /mu/: Essential Jazz Q: Looking for music to help to understand jazz theory, or just a big ol' list of albums from bop and other modern jazz genres? A: I recommend this massive spotify playlist of recommendations from The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Lavine who also wrote The Jazz Piano Book which is really good. Especially recommended if you're a musician but all these albums are worthy. Also Penguin's Guide is dope Q: This just sounds like noise/I don't know what's going on/this is boring/how do I listen to jazz? A: Turns out "How To Listen To Jazz" by Jerry Coker is a really good resource to learn how to listen to jazz. Read it here: http://www.mthsbands.org/JazzListeningProject/JerryCokerBook/How to Listen to Jazz_Jerry Coker.pdf Other than that I'd stress that jazz requires active listening more than most if not any other genres. You get a lot less out of listening to jazz while doing other things. Q: What are some good contemporary Jazz Artists? A: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman Chris Potter Tigran Hamasyan Christian Scott Vijay Iyer Kurt Rosenwinkel Ambrose Akinmusire Pat Metheny John Scofield Brian Blade Robert Glasper Esbjörn Svensson Trio Avishai Cohen (& Avishai Cohen) Brad Mehldau Christian McBride Stockton Helbing And then there are older artists who are still making hip music: Branford Marsalis Dave Holland Keith Jarret Kenny Garret I mean it's infinite but that's a small sampling. Gotta explore of course. Intro to jazz piano: Q: "i really like jazz pianists, in particular bill evans and chick corea. any recommendations for some other good piano based jazz?" A: This is a GREAT post on jazz piano that I highly recommend. In fact I'm going to put it in the OP. Obviously the "see also" guys for Evans and Corea are particularly of note to you. Out of them I'd recommend Brubeck especially. As for the other greats mentioned, Herbie, McCoy, and Jarret are all probably up your alley, but Tatum and Powell are more acrobatic and dense and fast and theoretical and less emotional and concerned with "feeling", not much like Evans and Corea. To cover my bases and offer a contemporary spin, a couple of my favorites are Brad Mehldau and Tigran Hamasyan, though both of them certainly go beyond jazz at times. Here's the post: An Introduction to Jazz Piano • /r/Jazz For specific recommendations: Brubeck's Time Out Herbie's Empyrean Isles Keith Jarrett's Facing You would be my pick but it's not on youtube, The Koln Concert is great and on there though. McCoy Tyner's best work is with Trane, Love Supreme, My Favorite Things, most of it. As a leader my favorite of his is The Real McCoy For Mehldau, Places and Elegiac Cycle are my favorites, he has a lot of great work as a sideman as well. My favorite Hamasyan that is relatively accessible is A Fable, but virtually all of his stuff is incredible. One of my absolute favs.