Help Us Save Hermann's Jazz Club - Deadline December 14th, 2017

History

Hermann’s Jazz Club began 36 years ago at the Bastion Inn when Hermann Nieweler [Knee-well-er] was persuaded by his friend Barry Stubbs to book Friday Harbor’s Island City Jazz Band for a weekend performance at his hotel. Hermann’s love for a good party, the music and the patrons had him establish 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 street 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. His family continues to be dedicated to this very special venue and our community is trying to preserve the venue. https://jazzonview.com/

Many nationally and internationally acclaimed acts have graced our stage. Long time bands at the club include CanUS Hot Jazz Band, the Tom Vickery Trio and Dixieland Express. Now there are another two generations of musicians performing in what is an ever growing list of wonderful performers and good times. As a music listening room with a casual atmosphere, today Hermann's Jazz Club is a landmark in the world of modern live performance.

Walking into Hermann’s, you can’t help but notice the countless pictures of musical friends, the old instruments, and the eclectic artefacts hanging on the walls. Toni Blodgett (CanUS Hot Jazz Band), remembers the walls being quite bare 35 years ago compared to today. A baritone saxophone on the wall near the front entrance of the club is a gift to Hermann from Alfred the Flower Man. Hermann had a blacksmith make a mount to place it in the spot he picked. Hermann had a great memory when it came to the room decor. After months away at his home in Vancouver he would walk in and ask who moved this or that picture from there? There is a pair of home stereo speakers still mounted high on a wall because they were his first set of speakers...he also used them to listen to band cassettes before hiring back in the day. There is a broken clarinet hanging from the time someone fell into the bandstand and broke Al Pease's clarinet. Hermann got his insurance to pay for a new one. Another relic is the accordion in the corner. Hermann related that in the early 90's a really good accordion player performed here. After the show he told Hermann that he desperately needed to get to northern Ontario to see his ailing mother and asked Hermann to loan him $750 and hold the accordion as collateral. Also of note are the many plaques in gratitude for Hermann's many years in support of high school bands. 

While appreciating the deep history behind each picture and each object in what has been described as a sixties rec room, there can be no doubt that music is the adhesive behind it all.

 

 

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May
27
2017

Playing the music of Steely Dan: Pretzel Logic Orchestra

Friday, May 26 & Saturday May 27 2 nights only ! Tickets sell fast! Reserve yours now! Res...
8 doors at 6:00pm $20 Tickets at: pretzellogic@shaw.ca, 250 589 0545

May
26
2017

Pretzel Logic Orchestra

The Pretzel Logic Orchestra is Canada's live tribute to Steely Dan and a labour of love for its nine members. ...
8:00pm doors at 6:00pm $20 Tickets at: e-mail pretzellogic@shaw.ca, phone 250-589-0545

May
25
2017

Blues: Auntie Kate & the Uncles of Funk

Auntie Kate and the Uncles of Funk present an evening of Blues, RnB and soul served up by one of Victoria's f...
8pm - 11pm doors at 6pm $20

May
24
2017

Tom Vickery Trio (Jazz Jam)

Join host/pianist Tom Vickery, bassist Sean Drabitt and drummer Kelby MacNayr for one of our favorite jazz nig...
8:00pm doors at 6:00pm $5/$8 Free after 10 PM

May
23
2017

Sean Drabitt and Friends: Tony Genge, John Lee, Sean Drabitt

8:30pm doors at 8:00pm 10/$5

May
22
2017

a retro funky/boogaloo dance event: Tony Genge (organ)

7:30pm doors at 5:30pm

May
21
2017

CanUS Jazz , Jim Armstrong

There are times when some of the regular CanUS Band members go to Turkey or play the Mac shows and opens space...
3:00pm - 6:00pm doors at 2:00pm $12.00

May
21
2017

Kelby MacNayr, Miguelito Valdes

7:00pm 20/$18 UJAM VJS/ $12 students

May
20
2017

A Night of Classic Blues: Harpdog Brown, & the Travelin' Blues Show

Old school down home blues played with true grit and honesty. Jordie Edmonds/guitar, Pat Darcus/upright b...
8:00pm doors at 6:00pm $20

May
19
2017

Kelby MacNayr, John Lee, Larry Fuller

Celebrating Oscar Peterson w. NYC guest pianist Larry Fuller! The Art of the Trio Series Celebrates the mus...
8:00pm doors at 6:00pm $22/20 VJS $12 stud

May
18
2017

Goin' to Chicago: David Vest

David Vest and his band salute the legends of Chicago blues: Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Howlin' Wolf and more...
7:30pm doors at 5:30pm $20

May
17
2017

Jazz Wave: Oak Bay High

Oak Bay High’s Senior Vocal Jazz Ensemble – Jazz Wave – “A Wave Goodbye!”
5:30pm doors at 4:30pm free

May
17
2017

Tom Vickery Trio (Jazz Jam)

Join host/pianist Tom Vickery, bassist Sean Drabitt and drummer Kelby MacNayr for one of our favorite jazz nig...
8:00pm doors at 6:00pm $5/$8 Free after 10 PM

May
16
2017

Sean Drabitt and Friends: Tony Genge, John Lee, Sean Drabitt

Tuesday Nights! A band worthy of a terrific crowd. john Lee - drums Sean Drabitt - bass and Tremendous t...
8:30pm doors at 8:00pm 10/$5

May
16
2017

David Thompson Secondary Jazz Bands

Come and show the LOVE! David Thompson Secondary (Vancouver) are travelling to Victoria and hosting their ...
6:00pm doors at 5:00pm By Donation

May
15
2017

Song's of Spring and Love: U-JAM Vocal Jazz Jam

UJAM Singers and players very welcome U-JAM celebrates Spring with our "Song's of Spring and Love" - open ...
7:00pm doors at 5:30pm $5/$10

May
14
2017

Mother's Day: Edie DaPonte, Tom Vickery

Bring Mum! A wonderful singer - a wonderful band - a wonderful afternoon.
3:00pm doors at 2:00pm $12

May
14
2017

Celtic Trio May Tour: Pierre Schryer, adam dobres, Martin Nolan

French Canadian Fiddle Irish Uilleann Pipes West Coast Guitar Advance tickets available at Ivy's Book...
7:30pm 23/16 students

May
13
2017

Mother’s Day Eve Mowtown: Checo Tohomaso

Harmony and tone are key components of any soul singer worth their salt. That’s the gospel according to Chec...
7:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20

May
13
2017

George Essihos Tribute Concert: Richard Bird, Joey Smith, Don Leppard

2:00pm - 4:00pm doors at 12:30pm $10