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Seg. 1: Kansas City's "Revive The East Side" Plan. Seg. 2: Kansas Citian Puts Jazz Flute In Front.

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"Flutie-nastiness" is the brainchild of Amber Underwood, who brings the flute front and center in her jazz performances.

Segment 1: Initiative to improve neighborhoods east of Troost Avenue calls for $13 million but fails to identify a source for the needed funds.

Ambitious in its scope, an ordinance approved by the Kansas City Council looks to remediate blight, help with home improvement and economic development, and combat gentrification in the eastern parts of the city. We heard what implementing the plan could mean for residents, and where the money could be found to make it happen.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:49: Classically-trained flutist turns to jazz and creates "flutie-nastiness."

Amber Underwood's first instrument of choice was a saxophone, which may have been an early indicator of where she is today. Discouraged from playing one of the traditional instruments of jazz, Underwood picked up the flute and went on to earn three degrees in music, education and business. She shared where her love of jazz comes from, and what it's like being one of the few female band directors and jazz instrumentalists in Kansas City.

The Amber Underwood Project performs at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Blue Room Jazz Club, 1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64108. The show is free. More information is at AmericanJazzMuseum.org.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.