Originally trained as an orchestral timpanist and percussionist Schlüter, motivated by a concert by Lionel Hampton, changed to vibraphone in 1952. In 1953 Michael Naura inquired if Wolfgang likes to join in founding the Michael Naura Quintet, which he did. The two went on to share the stage for half a century. Shortly before Wolfgang received an offer to take the post of first drummer in the Dublin Radio Orchestra, but because of that concert by Lionel Hampton he was infected by the jazz-bacillus. The contract had been returned without a signature. A stroke of luck for the German musical world. In the coming decades he develops as one of the most famous German jazz musicians, who also earned an excellent international reputation including becoming one of the few Germans who made it into the Critics Poll of the greatest American jazz magazine DownBeat.
Schlüter is still swinging like hell. - JAZZthing, Sept. 2012
The now 78-year-old musician was to be experienced with his Bigband program at the Jazz Baltica line-up and wowed the audience with his lively style of play, his daringly fast passages and his lyrical style. - Jazzthetik, Sept. 2012