In this clip from www.artistshousemusic.org – Shelly Berg, Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California, lists some of his heroes such as Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Herbie Hancock, and Hank Jones. Berg also shares the importance having a hero, especially when starting out. It’s a benchmark. He suggests to jazz band directors to have the same song playing each day to help students gain a deeper understanding of the piece. There is a correlation between that and a hero.