I'm a sax player in my mid-60's, have always gigged on weekends mainly in cover bands playing rock 'n roll or blues-style. I grew up top 40 radio but am now trying to stretch to more jazzy influences. I'm currently studying jazz theory on my own using The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine, etc but I know that the best way to expand is to listen to the pros. The problem is that I don't like a lot of what I hear jazz-wise. Here's the closest to jazz that I do like a lot: Louis Prima, Kermit Ruffins, Meters, Neville Brothers, Van Morrison, Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive album, Miles Davis Kind of Blue album, Dr. John. I've tried listening to Coltrain and Charlie Parker but really don't like it. Can you guys make any suggestions of who to listen to and which particular recordings!) that would be fairly melodic and easy for me to swallow and allow me to "stretch"? Thanks much in advance!