A fantastic live jazz concert, dinner and a train ride in the beautiful Sierra National Forest!
Please enjoy this exclusive three-hour private journey in the Sierra National Forest near the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park
BRIAN SIMPSON.After graduating from Northern Illinois University, keyboardist and composer Brian Simpson relocated to Los Angeles where he was soon playing alongside musicians Gerald Albright and Norman Brown and eventually on a world tour with Janet Jackson.In 1990 Simpson received a call from George Duke that led to a decade of touring and production work with the late jazz legend. It was his tenure with George that led to working with a variety of artists, from James Ingram and Anita Baker to Dave Koz and Wayman Tisdale.STEVE OLIVERWith a career spanning over 25 years in music, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Steve Oliver is still being heard each day on contemporary and smooth jazz radio around the world. Steve’s #1 smooth jazz radio hits including the legacy track “High Noon”.His career has produced multiple #1 hits on the Billboard charts and countless radio staples over nearly two decades – including with his latest album “Unified” (2020) – a collaboration with keyboardist Brian Simpson that has reached the #1 spot on the Billboard and Amazon jazz sales charts.
RICK BRAUNRick is a dynamic trumpeter, composer and producer, with over 20 #1 Smooth Jazz Hits!Rick Braun has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in this business.Rick has crafted his own distinctive sound and become a staple on contemporary jazz radio. He has produced No. 1 hits for David Benoit, Marc Antoine, and former Rod Stewart band sidekick, Jeff Golub. Braun achieved collaborative success on massive hits with Boney James, as a member of RnR with saxophonist Richard Elliot, and with BWB, a powerhouse trio completed by Grammy® winners Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown. He has made a mark staying true to his own musical voice and eclectic influences that have allowed him to collaborate across genres with some of the biggest names in music.
DAVID BENOITFor three decades, the GRAMMY®-nominated pianist/composer/ arranger David Benoit has reigned supreme as one the founding fathers of contemporary jazz.But, like an actor who has been known primarily for one role, he wanted to show other dimensions of his artistry, influenced by Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach, Dave Grusin and Leonard Bernstein.From: “Linus and Lucy”, “Kei’s Song”, “Drive Time” & “Freedom at Midnight” – David Benoit is the master of the piano
Come prepared for any type of weather as the railroad operates covered cars and open-air log cars, rain or shine
Your passenger fare includes:
- A gourmet picnic meal with dessert
(see selection below)
- Round-trip steam train passage to the Lewis Creek Stage on the historic #10 Shay
- An intimate performance by our featured nationally-acclaimed headline artist in the Sierra National Forest
- Gourmet pre-show picnic meal at the Sugar Pine Train Station included with your Passenger Fare!
- Grilled chicken apple sausage served on a pub bun with sweet spicy mustard on the side OR
- Grilled portabella mushroom served on a brioche bunwith lettuce, tomato and onion.
- Herbed red potato salad with mustard vinaigrette and Shredded kale and brussel sprout salad with apples and maple shallot dressing.
- Homemade bread pudding with whipped cream.
At the Lewis Creek Stage:
- Assorted cookies, homemade chocolate chip and walnut, snickerdoodle and gingersnaps.
For your enjoyment, a cash bar of your favorite craft beer, wine and assorted drinks and waters will be available for purchase. All beverages may accompany you on the JAZZ TRAIN. All confirmed passengers booked on the JAZZ TRAIN are requested to arrive beginning at 2:00 p.m. Passengers of all ages will have an extended opportunity to explore the wonders that create the home of the historic Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.