Jazz Beat: Diana Krall, Cyrus Chestnut, Vince Guaraldi ...

Diva Diana finally knocked out of top spot on the charts.

Diana Krall has finally been dislodged from the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Jazz albums chart after a 38-week reign. It took a budget compilation CD — the $1.98 BET on Jazz Presents: For the Love of Jazz — to do the trick. ... Chestnut roasting peanuts: Pianist Cyrus Chestnut is wrapping himself in Linus' blanket with his version of A Charlie Brown Christmas, an update of the 1965 Vince Guaraldi classic, due from Atlantic on Sept. 19. Players on the disc include saxophonists Michael Brecker, Gary Bartz and Kenny Garrett, vibist Stefon Harris, trumpeter Wallace Roney and guitarist Pat Martino. Vocals come courtesy of Vanessa Williams, the Boys Choir of Harlem, Manhattan Transfer and Brian McKnight. ...

There are plenty of sound samples to be had on the Internet, but what about sheet music samples? Online sheet music store Musicnotes.com has hooked up with several music publishers, including Warner Bros. and Mel Bay, to offer 10,000 written samples of music, the PR Newswire reports. The interested customer can then purchase and download the sheet music versions of songs in their entirety. ... The JazzThere Festival has been canceled. Scheduled for this weekend (July 28–30) in Oakland, Calif., the festival's lineup would have included vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, saxophonist Teddy Edwards, piano thunderer McCoy Tyner and the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Grover Mitchell. ...

The inaugural Billboard/BET on Jazz awards ceremony — which in early June handed out a bunch of trophies to Kenny G, Diana Krall and a few others based on SoundScan sales data — televises July 29 at 11 p.m. EST on the BET and BET on Jazz channels. Jazze.com will webcast the show. ...

Singer Rachelle Ferrell will release her first album in eight years, Individuality (Can I Be Me), on Sept. 12. The CD is more R&B than Ferrell's previous albums and is produced by George Duke, the keyboard ace who previously worked with Johnny Gill, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker and numerous others. Also appearing on the album are guitarist Jef Lee Johnson, bassist Byron Miller, percussionist Lenny Castro and drummer Lil' John Roberts. Ferrell is promoting her album with performances through Sunday (July 30) at the Blue Note in New York. ...

Pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Joshua Redman and guitarist Russell Malone are among the artists teaching and performing through Aug. 4 at the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Colony in Aspen, Colo. The institute accepts 21 scholarship students who study jazz history, improvisation and repertoire and jam with top-name musicians who perform for the public each night. Other musicians in attendance include pianist Benny Green, singer Dianne Reeves, organist Jimmy Smith, bassist John Clayton, percussionist Poncho Sanchez, drummer Brian Blade and the institute's artistic director, bassist Christian McBride. For more information visit the institute's Web site (www.monkinstitute.com). ...

The nine-day North Beach Jazz Festival in San Francisco starts Saturday (July 29) and presents Los Hombres Calientes, the Rebirth Brass Band, drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, saxophonist Dave Ellis and others. True to North Beach's Beat tradition, the fest will offer a spoken-word workshop with the Marcus Shelby Trio and Marcus Conrad Poston and poetry from Martha Cinader's Po'azz Yo'azz. A film chronicling young saxophone protégé Howard Wiley will screen. Other performers at the festival include pianist Henry Butler, the Fito Reinoso Orchestra, Josh Jones' Latin Jazz Ensemble, Mingus Amungus, singer Melanie Kai and Alphabet Soup. For more information, visit the festival's Web site (www.nbjazzfest.org). ...

Former Police guitarist Andy Summers is scheduled to release his interpretation of a dozen Charles Mingus tunes, Peggy's Blue Skylight, on Sept. 29. Saxophonist Roy Nathanson, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, the Kronos Quartet and Indian vocalist Geetha Bennett all make guest appearances. Also on the album, rapper Q-Tip recites the Mingus poem "Where Can a Man Find Peace" over the song "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," and singer Deborah Harry does a reading of "Weird Nightmare." ...

Columbia is set to release "Piano Grand! a Smithsonian Celebration" on DVD this August, following a related PBS special and a CD that came out June 27. Honoring the 300th anniversary of the piano, the DVD will feature pianists Diana Krall, Cyrus Chestnut, Dave Brubeck, Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, among others. The DVD will contain footage from the PBS special, music from the CD, interviews with the pianists and additional performances by Marcus Roberts, Katia Labeque and Marrielle Labeque. ...

The John Handy Quintet will give a special reunion performance at the John Handy Jazz Festival in San Francisco on Sept. 7–10. The Grammy-winning saxophonist will play with his old band, consisting of Michael White, guitarist Jerry Hahn, bassist Don Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke. Other performers at the event include vocalist Denise Perrier and pianists Randy Weston, Sir Roland Hanna and Kenny Drew Jr.. ...

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, keyboardist Chick Corea and vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater will be among the acts at the Russian River Jazz Festival in Guerneville, Calif., on Sept. 9–10. Also playing on the sandy bank of the river north of San Francisco will be percussionist Poncho Sanchez, singer Kevin Mahogany, the Mel Martin/Harold Jones 17-Piece Big Band, Flora Purim & Airto and the Omega Aires Gospel Singers. For more information, go to (www.sonic.net/rrjazz).

— sonicnet.com staff report