Oh god this is hilarious. Someone actually wrote a story about the "jazz flophouses" on Ocean Avenue. In the New York Times!
Check out Deborah Baldwin's piece:
CARMEN STAAF, a 28-year-old New England Conservatory-trained jazz pianist, does what she has to do to make ends meet. Last year, she played accordion in a musical about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, starring puppets. More recently, she played ragtime piano with a xylophone band — in a dog costume.
But those gigs were nothing compared with talking her way into a $920-a-month studio apartment big enough for a bed and a baby grand. “I kept pestering the landlords,” said Ms. Staaf, a finalist in a jazz competition this month at the Kennedy Center in Washington. “I sent them a list of friends who lived in the building. I sent them my CD. It was like I was auditioning.”
Wait — her CD?
I went to school with Carmen (she is a great musician), and like, half the people mentioned in the story. NEC and McGill represent on Ocean Ave!
Society co-conspirator Mark Small gets a shout-out too.