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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Apr
23
2017

Dixieland & Swing: CanUS Jazz Band

t's HOT JAZZ!! It's DIXIELAND!! It's SWING!! It's RAGTIME!! AND THE BLUES!! And More!! New Orleans Jazz With J...
3:00pm - 6:00pm doors at 2:00pm $12.00

Apr
23
2017

Tony Genge, Oliver Gannon, Neil Swainson, Kelby MacNayr

7:30pm doors at 6:30pm

Apr
22
2017

Capital City Synchopators , The Burying Ground

Double Bill with The Capital City Syncopators and Vancouver's The Burying Ground. Victoria's Prohibition Er...
8:00pm doors at 6:00pm $20

Apr
21
2017

David Vest Plays Jerry Lee Lewis

Who better to perform the music of Jerry Lee Lewis than legendary piano man David Vest? They both grew up in t...
8:00pm doors at 6:00pm $20

Apr
20
2017

An Evening of Songs of Hope & Despair: Kelly Fawcett, Aaron Watson, Brooke Maxwell, Rachelle Reath, Todd Sacerty

FEATURING THE SONGS OF THE GENTLEMAN / WOMEN OUTLAWS: JOHN PRINE - IRIS DEMENT - LYLE LOVETT - WILLIE ...
7:30pm doors at 5:30pm $15

Apr
19
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

Apr
18
2017

A Centennial Celebration of Jazz: Alan Matheson

On April 18, 2017, Vancouver-based cornetist, pianist and musicologist will be joining The Victoria Jazz Orche...
6:00pm doors at 5:00pm $10-$25

Apr
17
2017

Soul Source

Cover: By donation to The Living Edge Soul Source is a community R&B band led by Nick La Riviere. Using Ni...
7:30pm doors at 5:30pm by donation

Apr
16
2017

The Klez

The Klez play the celebratory Jewish music of Eastern Europe and the haunting music of the Sephardic Jews who ...
5:00pm - 7:00 doors at 4pm $15

Apr
16
2017

SS: The Music of Charlie Parker feat. Roy Styffe: Tony Genge, John Lee, Kelby MacNayr, Roy Styffe

Saxophonist Charlie Parker re-imagined the approach to jazz saxophone and helped to re-define jazz itself! A ...
7:00pm doors at 6:15 20/$18 UJAM VJS/ $12 students

Apr
15
2017

BLUE MOON MARQUEE QUARTET

A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/drums) Morgan Onda (tenor sa...
8:00pm doors at 6:00pm $20

Apr
14
2017

April In Paris: Lorraine Nygaard

Lorraine is an emerging vocalist who is all about love songs.Her new CD On the Edge is full of interesting sto...
7:30pm - 10 doors at 5:30pm $20

Apr
13
2017

Rosie's Bitts of Tease Cabaret: Miss Rosie Bitts, Jeff Poynter, Neck, Alex Campbell, Betsy Bottom Dollar, Misty Moss

Step into an era of glamour, romance, and heartache. Rosie Bitts and the Dirty Boys create a show beyond just ...
8pm doors at 6pm Presented by: Rosie Bitts $20 in Advance, $25 at the door Tickets at: Garden of Eden

Apr
12
2017

EARLY START: Nick La Riviere leads two community jazz combos. THEN: Tom Vickery Trio (Jazz Jam)

7PM START *EARLY SHOW* Opening for the Tom Vickery Trio, trombonist and mentor Nick La Riviere leads two ...
7:00pm doors at 5:30pm

Apr
11
2017

Cafe Scientifique

“The future is analogue: Working with astronauts on analogue space missions” – Dr. Geoff Steeves, Depart...
6:30pm doors at 5:00pm

Apr
11
2017

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

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

Apr
10
2017

THE CHOIR & JIVE Band

Cover: By Donation to Our Place Description: Victoria’s The Choir is a non-auditioned, community choir...
7:30pm doors at 5:30pm by donation

Apr
9
2017

CanUS Hot Jazz Band

It's HOT JAZZ!! It's DIXIELAND!! It's SWING!! It's RAGTIME!! AND THE BLUES!! And More!! New Orleans Jazz With ...
3:00pm - 6:00pm doors at 2:00pm $12.00

Apr
9
2017

Pablo Cardenas and the West Coast Afro-Cubans, Peter Dowse, Hector Ramos, Kelby MacNayr

Cuban-emigre piano virtuoso Pablo Cardenas brings his acclaimed West Coast Afro Cubans to the Sunday Series! ...
7:00pm doors at 6:00pm $20/$18 VJS / $12 stud

Apr
8
2017

Back to New Orleans: Jonnie Bridgman, Shanna Dance

Two years ago, two musical lovebirds put on a concert to help fund their dream vacation to New Orleans to expe...
8:00pm doors at 6:00pm 20/18 at the door only.