I was helping out yesterday at an event run for young people who want to play Jazz. There was a discussion session for rhythm section players, at one point in the middle of the day and the session leaders asked the students what Jazz CDs they owned and who they listened to, to get inspiration. It was evident from the answers, that we were looking at 30-40 young aspiring musicians who had maybe a handful of Jazz albums between them. So, the course was emphahsing that you need to listen to this stuff if you hope to be able to play it - which seems obvious to me and I have a large collection of CDs which I listen to for inspiration and ideas for what I should be playing. But it struck me that we get lots of questions on here about what to play over "such and such" tune or chord sequence. Does anybody think they can play Jazz (or any other style of music) without having a large amount of listening material available?