Originally Posted by bobdadruma
Why not start by watching this PBS 10 part documentary.
It will lead you to many artists whom you can pull up and listen to.
This series will also help you understand how jazz improv works.
Have fun and enjoy.
Also, you can get some ideas from this great thread: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ight=jazz+cats
I've also randomly - and I do stress randomly - a grouping from my personal CD list which I've attached here as a pdf file. It's not meant to be an all encompassing list and as a result there are a ton of gaps and holes in it, but it's a sample / start.
I do think Bob's suggestion regarding the DVD series is the best!