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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Feb
21
2021

Louis Rudner's Super Surprise Birthday Party for Ashley Wey

Livestream
Louis Rudner is throwing a super-secret ultra-fun surprise birthday party for Ashley Wey is 1:30pm PST from Hermann's live stream! Two personalities i...
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm By Donation

Feb
21
2021

DAVID VEST: THE HEART OF MARDI GRAS

Livestream
Maple Blues Award winner David Vest and his band celebrate the heart of Mardi Gras -- and the music that has kept that heart beating, even when war an...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Feb
20
2021

Paul Black Blues Band

Livestream
Rolling like a freight train with no throttle control comes the blues sensation from Victoria, British Columbia, Paul Black. With captivating rhythms,...
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Feb
20
2021

THE GREAT SONGBOOK TRIO PRESENTS: LOVE, LOST AND FOUND

Livestream
Three of the finest interpreters of melody, story and song unite to explore and celebrate the limitless possibilities The Great American Songbook. ...
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm By Donation

Feb
19
2021

Two Bobs Trio play "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"

Livestream
To keep away our Covid blues, and with respect to our local health orders, the three of us are going to play the classic album The Freewheeling Bob Dy...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Feb
18
2021

Hans Verhoeven Quartet: Tribute to Larry Young

Livestream
Unity! Hans Verhoeven’s quartet presents the music from organist Larry Young’s masterful and groundbreaking 1965 Blue Note album. With composition...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feb
17
2021

Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream
Tom Vickery, Rob Johnson and Dave Emery are an incredible trio that has so much fun! Straight ahead jazz, and a Victoria classic, Tom Vickery is one o...
7:00 pm - 8;30 pm

Feb
16
2021

Shanna Dance: Mardi Gras Party!

Livestream
Shanna is back at Hermann's with a dynamite band for another tribute to the music of New Orleans with a Mardi Gras punch! You'll hear New Orleans Clas...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feb
14
2021

Edie Daponte's Valentine To You

Livestream
Who better than Edie Daponte to share a special Valentine's Day! ...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feb
13
2021

David Vest: The Heart of Mardi Gras has been cancelled due to snow! Re-scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21st

Livestream
Maple Blues Award winner David Vest and his band celebrate the heart of Mardi Gras -- and the music that has kept that heart beating, even when war an...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feb
13
2021

The Great Songbook Trio Presents has been cancelled! Re-scheduled to Feb 20th

Livestream
Three of the finest interpreters of melody, story and song unite to explore and celebrate the limitless possibilities The Great American Songbook. ...
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Feb
12
2021

The Jazz Cowboys

Livestream
The Jazz Cowboys began riding the range in Victoria in 2018, but have strangely existed for over 100 years, playing fun-loving, mind-melting music tha...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feb
11
2021

Blue Thursday with Auntie Kate

Livestream
Celebrate a Blue Thursday with Auntie Kate and the Uncles of Funk A night of funky Blues and R&B at Hermann's Jazz Club! "Auntie Kate hits the s...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Feb
10
2021

Kelby MacNayr & Friends Presents Love Songs f. Special Guest Sara Marreiros!

Livestream
An all-star cast featuring Kelby MacNayr with Joey Smith, Peter Dowse and Tony Genge with very special guest Sara Marreiros! You can donate directl...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feb
9
2021

Kim Greenwood: From My Heart

Livestream
Victoria's own Kim Greenwood is excited to be back at Hermann's livestreaming for the first time from her home. Tonight, she'll be performing a number...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Feb
7
2021

CanUS & Friends

Livestream
Join the "Parade of Joy" for this new year with the happy jazz, toe tapping rhythms, songs you can join in singing from your very own home - Alfons F...
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm By Donation

Feb
7
2021

Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINE f. Richard Moody & Special Guests

Livestream
Oliver Swain got his start performing and writing with many of the US and Canada's most loved roots bands including The Bills, The Duhks, Outlaw Socia...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feb
6
2021

Stephanie Greaves

Livestream
Fresh off her most successful Lawncert Tour of various communities throughout Greater Victoria, with over 100 performances on random lawns and drivewa...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Feb
5
2021

The Blue Hearts Trio

Livestream
Mark "Westcoast" Comerford: Guitar & Percussion, Vocals, and Big Hank Lionhart: Lead Vocals. Mark and Hank are both members of RCA recording artists,...
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm By Donation

Feb
4
2021

Sean Fyfe Trio

Livestream
Sean Fyfe is a New York based Canadian pianist. He began playing piano at age 5, and was immersed in jazz at age 14 in high school. He has completed p...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation