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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Sep
23
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 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $30 ($36.18 including fees/tax) at the door only.

Sep
22
2022

Ryan Oliver Quartet birthday tribute to John Coltrane

Livestream + In Person
6th annual birthday tribute to John Coltrane
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $20 plus fees/tax at the door only.

Sep
21
2022

Louise Rose: Alone Together

Livestream + In Person
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20 plus fees/tax

Sep
18
2022

Gord and Olivier Clements Quintet: New Passages

Livestream + In Person
New ‘Passages’ is here, and 2 years after launching the recording, the band ...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20 ($25.31 including fees/tax / $19.98 including fees/tax for students at the door)

Sep
18
2022

Broke and Blue

Livestream + In Person
Playing the music of Claude Bolling
1:00 - 3:00 doors at 12:00 $25 including fees/tax at the door only.

Sep
17
2022

Tobacco and Rose

Livestream + In Person
The medicine songs and unique instrumental viola stylings of Richard Moody.
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $25 plus fees/tax

Sep
16
2022

Damian Graham's 50th Birthday Party and Trio

Livestream + In Person
Come join Damian and his Trio as they celebrate Damian’s 50th birthday!!
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $25 plus fees/tax at the door only.

Sep
15
2022

Hans Verhoeven presents: Tina Jones Quartet

Livestream + In Person
f. Chad Geekie - fender rhodes Ken Lister - acoustic bass DuncanSymonds - guitar
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $20 plus fees/tax at the door only.

Sep
14
2022

Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream + In Person
Straight ahead jazz with the best martinis in town!
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $15 plus fees/tax

Sep
13
2022

Café Scientifique: Sonya Bird

Livestream + In Person
Seeing Speech: Using Speech Visualization Technology to Help Lean New Languages
6:00 - 7:00 doors at 5:00 TBA

Sep
11
2022

Great American Song Book Trio

Livestream + In Person
Three of the finest interpreters of melody, story and song unite to explore and ...
1:00 - 3:00 doors at 12:00 $20 plus fees/tax

Sep
10
2022

David Vest

Livestream + In Person
Tonight! Join us in the Jazz Club for David Vest and the band. The band featur...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

Sep
9
2022

Paul Pigat and the Smokin' Jackets

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

Sep
8
2022

David Santana salutes the JAZZ GUITAR MASTERS

Livestream + In Person
Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, John Scofield, Pat Metheny and many more!
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20 plus fees/tax

Sep
7
2022

Kelby MacNayr All-Stars present Back to School Special!

Livestream + In Person
Featuring Cuban trumpet virtuoso Miguelito Valdes, Saxophonist Roy Styffe, Tromb...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20 plus fees/tax • Students free!

Sep
4
2022

CanUS in memory of Don Leppard

Livestream + In Person
With an open stage for musicians wanting to sit in and honour Don.
1:00 - 3:00 doors at 12:00 $19.90 including fees/tax

Sep
4
2022

Jon Miller Trio

Livestream + In Person
Tony Genge on Hammond B3 and Ross Macdonald on guitar, along with leader Miller ...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20 plus fees/tax

Sep
3
2022

Vox Americana

Livestream + In Person
Oliver Swain hosts Americana Music Night f. Jesse Cobb and Dylan Stone.
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20 ($25.31 including fees/tax) at the door only.

Sep
2
2022

4 Cool Cats

Livestream + In Person
Clark Brendon • Joey Smith • Andy Graffiti • Kelly Fawcett
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $25 plus fees/tax at the door only.

Sep
1
2022

John Lee Trio

John Lee - Piano Kosma Busheikin - Bass Graham Villette - Drums Raised in N...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25