Irv Kluger (July 9, 1921 – February 28, 2006) was an American jazz drummer.
Kluger played violin early in life before settling on drums; his first professional gigs came at age 15. He played with Georgie Auld in 1942-43, then with Bob Chester, Freddie Slack, Dizzy Gillespie (1945), Boyd Raeburn (1945–47), Bobby Byrne and Herbie Fields (1947). Following this he played with Stan Kenton (1947–48), Artie Shaw (1949-50), then for a short time in 1950 with Tex Beneke.
He played less jazz after 1950, working in the pit orchestras of Broadway shows such as Guys and Dolls (1950–53). He returned to play with Artie Shaw again in 1953-54 as a member of the Gramercy Five. In the middle of the 1950s he moved to California and played at the Moulin Rouge in Hollywood as the house drummer. He played with Dave Pell in 1956, and with Benny Goodman and Woody Herman later in life, doing much freelance work through the 1960s and 1970s. As a studio musician he played with Johnny Cash, among others. Kluger never led his own recording session.
Birth and Death Data: Born July 9, 1921 (New York City), Died February 28, 2006
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1955
Roles Represented in DAHR: drums
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 29 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||73066||10-in.||10/4/1945||Flying home||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75078||7/18/1949||So much||Bill Darnell||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75079||7/18/1949||Sleepin'||Bill Darnell||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75080||7/18/1949||Hoe cake, hominy and sassafras||Bill Darnell||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75081||7/18/1949||Everybody loves my baby||Bill Darnell||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75639||12/30/1949||Orinoco||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75640||12/30/1949||Mucha de nada||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75641||1/3/1950||Love is the sweetest thing-1||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75642||1/3/1950||I get a kick out of you-2||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75677||1/6/1950||There must be something better than love||Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75678||1/6/1950||Nothin' from nothin'||Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75679||1/6/1950||Love walked in-1||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||75680||1/6/1950||So easy-2||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||76196||4/27/1950||Count every star||Dick Haymes||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||76197||4/27/1950||If you were only mine||Dick Haymes||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88922||11/21/1955||Long ago (and far away)||Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88923||11/21/1955||I remember you||Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88924||11/21/1955||More than you know||Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88925||11/21/1955||My funny valentine||Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||SRC 110||10-in.||2/12/1945||I'll remember April||Johnny Bothwell Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||SRC 111||10-in.||2/12/1945||Street of dreams||Johnny Bothwell Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||SRC 112||10-in.||2/12/1945||Our delight||Johnny Bothwell Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||SRC 113||10-in.||2/12/1945||[Unknown title(s)]||Johnny Bothwell Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||SRC 126||10-in.||1945||Laura||Johnny Bothwell Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||SRC 127||10-in.||1945||Lonely serenade||Johnny Bothwell Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kluger, Irv," accessed September 28, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/325517.
Kluger, Irv. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/325517.
"Kluger, Irv." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 28 September 2022.
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