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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May
13
2021

Hans Verhoeven Presents: Tina Jones Quartet F. Chad Geekie

Livestream
An earthy expressive dive into the world of folk-jazz. Featuring singer/songwriter/vocalist/banjoist Tina Jones, Chad Geekie on the Fender Rhodes ...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

May
12
2021

The 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 By Donation

May
9
2021

The Great American Songbook Trio

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

May
8
2021

Ashley Wey Trio w. Special Guest Ryan Oliver

Livestream
Ashley Wey is a multi-award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist. She has worked with Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila, Juno Award-winners Bra...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

May
7
2021

Writers in the Round featuring Dana Sipos, Glenna Garramone & Oliver Swain

Livestream
A panel concert with Victoria's finest songwriters. Dana Sipos - Dana Sipos has toured extensively across North America, Europe, Australia and New ...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

May
6
2021

John Lee & Tony Genge

Livestream
The longtime dynamic duo of John Lee and Tony Genge plays a concert filled with a night of swinging jazz standards and originals. John Lee on guitar f...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

May
5
2021

Kelby MacNayr Presents!

Livestream
Drummer / composer / band-leader Kelby MacNayr performs groundbreaking original music, soulful swinging jazz, reaching contemporary music and traditio...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

May
4
2021

Karel Roessingh plays Songs of Solitude, Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope

Livestream
Karel Roessingh plays Songs of Solitude, Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope in an improvised solo concert livestreamed from his Highlands studio. Karel...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

May
2
2021

CanUS and Friends

Livestream
Keeping the New Orleans Traditional Jazz and early Swing flame burning…..while keeping your feet tapping and your soul replenished. These are musici...
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm By Donation

May
1
2021

Deb Rhymer Band

Re-Scheduled Livestream
NOMINATED FOR BEST NEW ARTIST 2019 MAPLE BLUES AWARDS SEMI FINALIST – 2019 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE BEST SELF PRODUCED CD The Deb Rhymer Ba...
9:00pm - 9:30pm By Donation

May
1
2021

Stephanie Greaves & Darcy Phillips

Livestream
Superb vocalist Stephanie Greaves is thrilled to be performing a multi-genre selection of hits from then to now with the fabulous Darcy Phillips on pi...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Apr
30
2021

Cheers to 40 Years - Hermann's Anniversary Celebration

Livestream
PARTY LIKE IT’S 1981! HERMANN'S JAZZ CLUB CELEBRATES FORTY YEARS OF LIVE MUSIC! It's our official birthday, and we cannot party like we did in 19...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Apr
29
2021

Oliver Swain Presents Hermann's Hot Club w. Club Voltaire F. Patrick Boyle & Vincent Perreault

Livestream
Hermann’s Hot Club happens the last Thursday of every month at Hermann's! Expect a night of swing, led by award-winning Oliver Swain. "Since I fi...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Apr
28
2021

The 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 By Donation

Apr
25
2021

Blackstick

Livestream
Classics from the Golden Age of Jazz, including the songs of Bessie Smith and Alberta Hunter. You can donate directly to the musicians and this ven...
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm By Donation

Apr
24
2021

David Vest: Back to the Boogie

Livestream
Maple Blues Award winner David Vest and his really cool band get right back to basics: good old boogie-woogie, with an irresistible beat. You might ha...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Apr
23
2021

Pablo Cardenas & Laura Deviato present Journey to the Heart of Latin America

Livestream
World class Cuban pianist Pablo Cardenas and the exceptional singer Laura Deviato are presenting a journey through the Latin American musical legacy a...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Apr
22
2021

Leif Bradshaw At Hermann's

Livestream
Leif Bradshaw has already made quite a name for himself. He plays five instruments: piano, trumpet, viola, cello and percussion; has carved out an act...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Apr
21
2021

Louise Rose Alone Together: Episode 13

Livestream
Louise Rose Alone Together: Episode 13 at Hermann’s Jazz Club is an event that will be live-streamed for an online audience. Louise Rose is an absol...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Apr
11
2021

The Great American Songbook Trio

Cancelled 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