My personal experience has been that at Amaravati Monastery in the UK, I have found that teachers such as Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Amaro have given sutta references both in their talks and in the question and answer sessions afterwards.
This has been very helpful for me, because I can then refer to the suttas afterwards.
I'm not a Pali scholar however - and to be honest, regular meditation is becoming more important than a lot of studying, in connection with my daily life.
After being a Vajrayana practitioner for a long time, I feel much more connected to the western Theravada Thai Forest Tradition now and I think I've benefited from their teachings, so I wouldn't want to give that up.
So to conclude, I'm definately not setting aside the teachings of the Buddha in the suttas, but I'm acknowledging that modern teachers who have had many years of study and practice and who have dedicated their lives to Buddha,Dhamma, Sangha, can help me to better understand them.