Irv Kluger

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  
(Results 1-25 of 29 records)

Citation

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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