I am no longer worried about whom will be the carriers of the Jazz Banner. I fell in love with the mastery of intonation, clarity, of musical vision, vocal acrobatics, song interpreting and just musicianship. Rarely do I get excited about new or newly found singer. I GET SO TIRED Of the cookie cutter singer that sing a song but never interpret a song. I spent hour listening to Kurt Elling and found myself entranced by the voyage of skill that he exudes. The training is evident in his music, yet it shows a full maturity of sort that can only come from training or superior ear. I think it must be both his music is the adventure that you want to go on. He takes you there and make you feel that it is familiar to him, and yet you will find some hidden treasures while in route. When you get there the trip was a great musical find.