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

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
"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.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.