Newstalgia Downbeat with Billy May and His Orchestra, live at The Hollywood Palladium - recorded December 21, 1953.
Something more along the lines of the traditional 40's-style Big Band. Billy May and His Orchestra, live at the Hollywood Palladium and recorded on December 21, 1953.
May was involved in a number of bands in the 1930's and 40's. Most notably the Glenn Miller Orchestra. As the popularity of the traditional Big Band waned after World War 2, May became a much sought after composer-arranger, working with such luminaries as Frank Sinatra.
Not as bombastic or frantic as Stan Kenton (even though they were label mates on Capitol), May took the tempo down a few notches into what became known as "Bachelor Pad" territory.
This 1953 broadcast is a good introduction if you aren't familiar.