Listed below are some professional flute players to listen to.
Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway (many styles - classical, pop, jazz), Paula Robeson, Laurel Zucker Carol Wincenc. Composers and standard repertoire: Handel, Bach, Mozart. Specific recordings of interest: Claude Bollings - Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano (Rampal and Bollings performing); any Galway or Rampal. Jazz performers: Bud Shank, Hubert Laws, Frank Wess (with Count Basie). In more of a pop style, Robert Dick and Jethro Tull.