#1
Considering this is a guitar website, I feel like the most neglected guitarist is Johnny Smith.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-JwpEhvvKE

I was just wondering who else here considers him an influence. Aside from my dad, he's the most important guitarist when it comes to my musical development. His solos are so great yet perfect for learning. It's subtle, but every time I transcribe one, its like a new musical concept just shoved in my face, and yet he does it so tastefully. Whenever I teach someone about jazz soloing, I'm sure to use some of his solos (Usually on "It could happen to you" or "I'll Remember April")

I don't want to ramble, but I could talk about him forever. So here's a few examples of his playing for those looking to hear the man.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHWALowsICI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYc_f-XJYIw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2tWhVhSoPs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xf3rAXoYjA

Basically, he's the man, you can learn a lot about playing from him if not just enjoying it.
#2
Awesome, thanks for bringing him to my attention.
But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that'll cut you to ribbons, sometimes
and all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought to do
#3
My pleasure

I also want to add that I have a few of his solos transcribed and have transcribed a few of them myself if anyone is interested.