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Jazz fans are nerds. They rival only baseball fans (“Hack Wilson’s 1930 RBI totals are totally inflated!”) and Civil War re-enactors (“No, you idiot, the soldiers had more food in their beards!”) as minutiae kings. They will heatedly debate the merits of a second trombonist allotted the latter half of an eight-bar solo. So it’s fitting that filmmaker Ken Burns has made epic documentaries about baseball, the Civil War, and now jazz: Burns knows nerdiness. This slight, bowl-haired fellow makes Richie Cunningham look hip and bulky. Jazz—now airing on PBS—has caught flak from music fans because of what—or rather whom—Burns left out: Bill Evans, Gil Evans, Errol Garner, and so on. But as sure as he can outwit Bill Gates, Burns can also handle the obsessives who nitpick his documentaries. See this unflappable dork do battle when Burns talks about Jazz at 7:30 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Jefferson Auditorium, 1400 Independence Ave. SW. $22. (202) 357-3030. (CP)