History

Hermann’s Jazz Club began 40 years ago, on February 25, 1981, at the Bastion Inn on Government St, when German entrepreneur Hermann Nieweler [Knee-well-er] was persuaded by his friend Barry Stubbs to book Al Pease Trio (Al Pease, Toni Blodgett and Ross Botten) to bring a "better class of people" to the lounge. Then they brought up the Friday Harbor’s Island City Jazz Band for a weekend performance at his hotel lounge. Performances by Dixieland Express soon followed, and they moved the show up to the mezzanine and dance floor. Hermann’s love for a good party, lively music and happy patrons led to his establishment of the Dixieland Inn at the hotel.

Hermann moved the club to the current View Street location in 1986 when it was renamed “Hermann’s Jazz Club”. In 2000, our 753 View St location suffered heavy damage from a fire. A testament to his commitment, Hermann rebuilt at great personal expense. Our friend Hermann passed on June 10th, 2015. From 2015 to 2019 his family faced many issues but have remained dedicated to their father's legacy. After running a successful fundraising campaign the non-profit Arts On View Society has taken over as of July 15th 2019. We will continue to operate Hermann's as a community spirited venue with the support of the venue's generous patrons.

Many nationally and internationally acclaimed acts have graced our stage over the years. Longtime local bands continue to play at the club, including CanUS, Dixieland Express, the Tom Vickery Trio and local legend/reedman Al Pease . Multiple generations of musicians interact and perform at this local institution and contribute to its role as an incubator of local talent. These musicians have travelled the world and helped to put Victoria on the national and international music map, while helping attract renowned local transplants such as David Vest from the USA, Michael Kaeshammer from Germany and Pablo Cardenas from Cuba. With world class acoustics, a relaxed atmosphere, and top notch cuisine, Hermann's Jazz Club is a landmark in the world of modern live performance.



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Jan
22
2022

John Lee Presents: The Spirit of Ray Brown

Livestream + In Person
IN THE SPIRIT OF RAY BROWN reflects upon the repertoire, energy and the music st...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

Jan
21
2022

"The Best Guys In Town" f. Miguelito Valdes Hosted by Damian Graham

Livestream + In Person
Catch these incredible musicians as they fuse virtuosic performances. Not to be ...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

Jan
20
2022

Hans Verhoeven's Soul Jazz

Livestream + In Person
A night of uplifting, hopeful, defiant and soulful music by Sonny Stitt, Dr. Lon...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20

Jan
19
2022

Leif Bradshaw

Livestream + In Person
Leif Bradshaw has a voice that sounds like a cross between Gregory Porter and Ku...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20

Jan
17
2022

U-JAM Club Night

Livestream
Club Nights are held monthly to give singers and instrumentalists, of all experi...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $10
50% discount for students, UJAM members and Jazz Society members.
Presented by: Universal Jazz Advocates & Mentors (U-JAM) Society

Jan
15
2022

Paul Pigat & the Smoking Jackets

Livestream + In Person
The Smokin' Jackets is one of those genre creations ranging from the silky smoot...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

Jan
14
2022

Pablo Cardenas Presents Monk's Dream in Cuba

Livestream + In Person
World class Cuban pianist Pablo Cardenas is back with a tribute to Thelonious Mo...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

Jan
13
2022

Cory Weeds Quartet with guest Joe Magnarelli

Livestream + In Person
Tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds hits the Hermann's Stage with his working quartet o...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

Jan
12
2022

Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream + In Person
Tom Vickery, Rob Johnson and Dave Emery are an incredible trio that has so much ...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $15

Jan
9
2022

CanUS & Friends

Livestream + In Person
Another year dawns and CanUS Jazz Band is still going strong after 30 of them, c...
13:00 - 15:00 doors at 12:00 $15

Jan
8
2022

David Vest: Legendary Blues Piano

Livestream + In Person
Award-winning blues artist David Vest and his crackerjack band dig into the musi...
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $25

Jan
7
2022

The Hersog Henriques Quartet

Livestream + In Person
Hersog and Henriques combine in a chord-less quartet, expanding on their collabo...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $15

Jan
6
2022

The Rowan Farintosh Quintet

Livestream + In Person
Featuring Wes Carroll, Marvin Thiele, Isaiah Carvalhal-Smith and Aaron Blewett. ...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $15

Jan
5
2022

Kelby MacNayr's Swing Rhythm Kings featuring special guest Daniel Lapp!

Livestream + In Person
Kelby MacNayr's Swing Rhythm Kings featuring special guest Daniel Lapp! The S...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20

Jan
4
2022

Café Historique

Cancelled - Livestream + In Person
What is a Café Historique? A group of interesting people in a convivial café s...
18:00 - 19:00 doors at 17:00 By Donation

Jan
2
2022

Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Blues Band

Cancelled -
Back at it with her Sunday Blues Services Blues Jam!!!
16:00 - 19:00 at the door only.

Dec
31
2021

The Jazz All Stars

Livestream + In Person
Featuring a truly all-star cast in a comfortable, intimate, and swinging jazz co...
3:00 - 5:00 doors at 2:00 $40

Dec
31
2021

LIVE STREAM ONLY (In-person cancelled) Groove Kitchen NYE Celebration

Livestream
Music for swaying to the grooves! Groove Kitchen is a funky, soulful band wit...
11:00 - 12:30 doors at 8:00 By Donation

Dec
30
2021

Oliver Swain's Holiday Concert featuring Ivonne Hernandez, Glenna Garramone & Claire Butterfield. 'Songs of Joy & Peace'

Livestream + In Person
Bringing together three of Oliver's most prolific collaborators for a special co...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

Dec
29
2021

Kelby MacNayr Hosts the 12th Annual Home for the Holidays Jam Session!

Livestream + In Person
Kelby MacNayr hosts Hermann's Annual Home for the Holidays Jam Session! The b...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $12