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Unless it’s in the red-light district, the Dutch don’t really swing, do they? For jazz writer Kevin Whitehead, they do. For his new book New Dutch Swing the Brooklyn-born Whitehead relocated to Amsterdam for two years, to delve into the often funny, always absurdist jazz scene that values Charles Ives as much as it does Thelonious Monk. Whitehead interviewed such Dutch greats as Misha Mengelberg and Willem Breuker, and got some non-Hollanders like Steve Lacy and Butch Morris to expound on the country perhaps better known for windmills and Heineken. Ask why pianist Matthew Shipp called Whitehead all sorts of nasty things in a recent issue of Jazziz when Larry Appelbaum interviews the writer at 7 p.m. at Borders, 18th & L Sts. NW. (202) 466-4999. Free. (Christopher Porter)