Predictably, Leonard Feather shows his usual bias when writing about big bands ("Big Bands: Not an Endangered Species," March 6).
He had an opportunity to point out the sheer number of bands that are playing that are helping to keep the music alive and well in face of the onslaught of rock.
He could have pointed out that local units include Pat Longo, Bill Tole, Ray Anthony, Horace Heidt Jr., Bob Keane and several others. On the East Coast, there are such outfits as Zim Zemarel, Bo Thorpe, Chris Powers, to name a few.
He ignored the outstanding Spitfire Band of Canada. And he gave short shrift to the "ghost" bands that are instrumental in maintaining interest among those who may not wish their big-band music to be totally avant-garde jazz.