Irv Kluger - jazz drummer
July 9, 1921 - February 28, 2006

Irv Kluger passed away in the early morning of hours of February 28th in peace and serenity at the Nathan Adelson Hospice, in the company of his daughter, Jessica. Irv is survived by his wife, Phyllis; his daughters, Jessica and DeAnna; and his granddaughter, Lexi.

To contact the family, email Jessica Marciel
Jessica Marciel.

Memorial and Musical Celebration
Honoring Irv Kluger
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
Thank You to everyone who attended!

Photos Album Now Posted
Irv Kluger Photos - Through The Years

Irv Kluger at Pogos

Biography: by Scott Yanow - All Music Guide

"Irv Kluger was a solid drummer who helped every session that he was on without gaining much fame. Kluger started out on violin but soon switched to drums. He began playing professionally when he was 15 and his first major job was with Georgie Auld's Orchestra during 1942-43. He had stints with Bob Chester, Freddie Slack, Boyd Raeburn (1945-47), Bobby Byrne and Herbie Fields (1947), recording with Dizzy Gillespie in January 1945. Kluger also was briefly with Stan Kenton's Orchestra (1947-48), played with Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five (1949-50) and was briefly with Tex Beneke.

After 1950, Kluger appeared less often in jazz settings, playing in Broadway shows (including "Guys And Dolls" during 1950-53). He was with Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five again (1953-54), then relocated to California in the mid-1950's where he worked as part of the house band at the Moulin Rouge in Hollywood. Irv Kluger (who never led his own record date) recorded with Dave Pell in 1956 and had brief stints with Benny Goodman and Woody Herman but was mostly a freelancer in the 1960's and 70's."


As well, Irv's session credits include recordings with Ella Fitzgerald, Bud Powell, The Four Freshman, Les Paul, and many others.

Irv Kluger recording credits, listed in All Music Guide.

Irv Kluger

Irv Kluger drums with his jazz all-stars on a Friday night at Pogo's Tavern.

Illustration by David Stroud/Review-Journal - 2001

Read the entire profile by Doug Elfman, Las Vegas Review Journal - July 8, 2001


Irv is one of the drummers, featured in
Burt Korall's book, Drummin' Men.

Irv was profiled in a February 5, 2006 article by John L. Smith of the Las Vegas Review Journal. >>

Photo by Denise Truscello/Review-Journal


Irv is a Past Vice President of Las Vegas Local 369 of the American Federation of Musicians. Irv played an key role in developing a pension plan for union musicians in Las Vegas.