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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Jun
27
2022

TD Victoria International JazzFest Presents: Jocelyn Gould Quartet

Jocelyn Gould is a jazz guitarist/vocalist based in Toronto. Influenced by Grant...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $33.25 at the door only.

Jun
26
2022

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

FREE by donation to the Arts On View Society. first come first seated! The Deb ...
4:00 - 7:30 doors at 3:00 By Donation

Jun
25
2022

TD Victoria International JazzFest Presents: Audrey Ochoa Quartet

Audrey Ochoa is one of Edmonton’s most prolific trombone players. Her debut al...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $33.25

Jun
24
2022

TD Victoria International JazzFest Presents: Hilario Duran Contumbao

Winner of multiple June awards and internationally recognized as a jazz pianist,...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $33.25 at the door only.

Jun
23
2022

Alfie Zappacosta f. Justin Glibbery on Keys

Livestream + In Person
Juno-winning, platinum-selling artist Alfie Zappacosta appears back at Hermann's
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $35 at the door only.

Jun
22
2022

Louise Rose Alone Together: Episode 26

Livestream + In Person
Solo jazz piano and vocals on an intimate, special night.
19:00 - 21:00 doors at 17:30 $20

Jun
21
2022

The Sean Drabitt Trio f. John Lee and Brad Turner

Livestream + In Person
Come join us for a trio of the highest caliber. Sean Drabitt, John Lee and Brad ...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

Jun
19
2022

The Emmet Hodgins Quartet

Livestream + In Person
Join us for an evening with the best of young local talent ! A mix of jazz cover...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $15

Jun
19
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

Jun
18
2022

Tower of Song:A Creative Tribute to Leonard Cohen Featuring Oliver Swain & Glenna Garramone

Livestream + In Person
Celebrated BC singer-songwriters Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone collaborate!
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $28

Jun
17
2022

David Vest: Money, Honey! (Blues and the Legal Tender)

Livestream + In Person
Loads of fun when David Vest and his band look at romance, finance and mischance
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25

Jun
16
2022

Adam Dobres - "KIN" New Instrumental Guitar Album Release Show (With Special guests)

Livestream + In Person
Adam Dobres plays originals off his new Fingerstyle album "KIN" (special guests)
7:00 - 9:30 doors at 5:30 $20 (General) $10 (12-18 years old) Kids under 12 free at the door only.

Jun
15
2022

Pro Jazz Session hosted by John Lee w. Student opening performance

Livestream + In Person
This months pro jazz session will be hosted by the acclaimed multi-instrumentali...
6:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20

Jun
14
2022

U-JAM Club Night for Any Jazz Singers

Livestream + In Person
Vocalists perform with a Jazz quartet.
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

Jun
12
2022

Three Generations of Arntzens

Livestream + In Person
Lloyd Arntzen and son, and son! Three Generations of Incredible Musicians
1:00 - 3:00 doors at 12:00 $20

Jun
12
2022

John Lee Trio

Livestream + In Person
Raised in Nanaimo BC, multi-instrumentalist John Lee continues to be one of the ...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25 at the door only.

Jun
11
2022

Attila Fias Quartet: Remembering Chick Corea

Livestream + In Person
A tribute to Chick Corea
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $30 at the door only.

Jun
10
2022

“Over the Rainbow” – Celebrating Judy Garland at 100

Livestream + In Person
Starring: Kim Greenwood & Diane Pancel
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $25 at the door only.

Jun
9
2022

Crossing Borders: Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot & Bob Dylan

Livestream + In Person
Crossing Borders: Local musicians come together to play iconic music from both ...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20

Jun
8
2022

Kelby MacNayr & Friends present the music of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers!

Livestream + In Person
Kelby MacNayr & Friends present the music of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers! Drum...
7:00 - 9:00 doors at 5:30 $20