Saw Sunny Murray play last night (3 different sets) for Marshall Allen, Roswell Rudd and Oluyemi Thomas. He has always been my favorite jazz drummer of all time. He's got so many rhythms and stories in his playing (in his real life too).
Elmo Hope was one of the most gifted and unique artists of the hard bop period. He was also a close boyhood friend of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. I always liked the story they spent time together listening to Bach and playing for each other.