"One lucky band struck just the right chord for success.
A group of five New York musicians played their way to a $40,000 prize in an organized labor contest meant to boost working performers and raise awareness for the sponsoring union.
The Roxy Coss Quintet, a progressive jazz ensemble led by its namesake saxophonist, was selected by a jury panel as winner of the inaugural Emerging Artists Project. Coss — with guitarist Alex Wintz, pianist Miki Yamanaka, bassist Rick Rosato and drummer Jimmy Macbride — beat dozens of entrants for the prize.
"I'm very excited," Coss told the Daily News. "Just honored and grateful for the opportunity.'"