History

Hermann’s Jazz Club began nearly 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 Friday Harbor’s Island City Jazz Band for a weekend performance at his hotel lounge. 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 Jazz 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. Long time local bands continue to play at the club, including CanUS, Dixieland Express and the Tom Vickery Trio. 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 accoustics, 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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Recent Events

Aug
20
2019

Mike Broadley and Tom Vickery's Birthday Bash!

August 20, we are celebrating the birthdays of two brilliant musicians right here at Hermann's Jazz Club, Mike Broadley and Tom Vickery. It is going t...
7:300pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $10

Aug
18
2019

Caravan World Rhythms presents ROBIN LAYNE AND THE RHYTHM MAKERS

Presenting a vibrant blend of Latin jazz, Mexican folkloric, Afro-influences and cinematic compositions, award winning percussionist and composer Robi...
8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20 Advance / $25 door. Students $5 Discounts Tickets at: Ivy's Bookshop, Munro's Books

Aug
17
2019

Phil Dwyer f. Don Thompson

8:00pm - 11:00pm doors at 6:00pm

Aug
17
2019

Sat.Afternoon Dixieland Matinee: CanUS Hot Jazz Band

CanUS Celebrates Trumpet Virtuoso “The moving finger writes; and, having writ, moves on”. Today at Hermann’s Jazz Club will be a very speci...
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm doors at 12:30 pm Presented by: Hermann's Jazz Club $12.00

Aug
16
2019

Brad Turner f. Joe Poole & Sean Drabitt

Brad Turner: Brad Turner is a Canadian jazz trumpeter and pianist. He has won three Juno Awards and six Canadian National Jazz Awards for categories ...
8:00pm - 11:00pm doors at 6:00pm $20/ Students $18

Aug
15
2019

Wes Carroll

Come out to hear the Confabulation before Wes moves out to Toronto! They will be playing a mix of originals and jazz arrangements. The Confab has been...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $15, $13 student and low/no income.

Aug
14
2019

Kelby MacNayr & Friends f. Kelley Johnson from Seattle

Award-winning Seattle jazz vocalist par excellence Kelley Johnson performs Friday August 14h at Hermann's Jazz Club with an all-star trio! “...wi...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20/18 VJS, UJam, $12 student/low-income

Aug
13
2019

The Phatfunks

7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm

Aug
11
2019

Victoria's Finest - Ladies of Jazz & Blues: Edie DaPonte, April Gislason, Maria Manna, Maureen Washington, Shanna Dance, Kristina Helene,...

6 of Victoria's Finest Jazz Singers are coming together to perform a fantastic show of Jazz and Blues! Featuring: April Gislason, Edie DaPonte, Kr...
8 - 10:30 doors at 6 $30.00

Aug
10
2019

David Vest: Festival Favourites

David and his band play the same setlist he played at major Canadian music festivals this summer. In Ottawa, David was backed by MonkeyJunk and the Te...
8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $25

Aug
9
2019

R&B Kingpins

Hank "Uncle Wiggly" Lionhart - Lead Vocals Jack Lavin founder and former Bass player songwriter of Powder Blues Steve Cross - Guitar Steve Ranta -...
8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20 Advance/$25 Door

Aug
8
2019

John Lee: NEXT GENERATION JAZZ COLLECTIVE

The NEXT GENERATION JAZZ COLLECTIVE is a group consisting of some of the finest young jazz musicians from Vancouver Island. Led by multi-instrumentali...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $25.00/$20.00 VJS/$15.00 Students

Aug
7
2019

Hermann's Jazz Jam: Feat. The Tom Vickery Trio

Come down to Hermann's for the legendary Tom Vickery Jazz Jam! Hermann's Jazz Club is proud of having the longest running regular jazz jam in the coun...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $10 at the door only.

Aug
6
2019

Jacob Soucy Quintet: Warbler

Warbler is a new Okanagan-based jazz quintet comprised of music students from schools across Canada. Having come together at the beginning of the summ...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $12

Aug
4
2019

Caravan World Rhythms presents Schryer, Hillhouse & Dobres Brunch Concert

This phenomenal trio of Celtic musicians features Franco-Ontarian fiddler Pierre Schryer, Canadian folk music specialist Andy Hillhouse, and European ...
1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $15 Advance / $20 Door / Students $5 discount (Children 12 and under $5) Tickets at: Ivy's Bookshop, Munro's Books

Aug
3
2019

PJ Perry Quartet feat. Oliver Gannon

“a disciple of swing and improvisation…” PJ Perry has shared the stage with countless jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Michel...
8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20

Aug
2
2019

PJ Perry Quartet feat. Oliver Gannon

“a disciple of swing and improvisation…” PJ Perry has shared the stage with countless jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Michel...
8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20

Aug
1
2019

J.D. Rich

With a signature sound that infuses dance-pop music with influences of funk and jazz fusion, Victoria songwriter & pianist J.D. Rich (Jared Richardson...
7:30pm - 10:00pm doors at 6:00pm $12 at the door only.

Aug
1
2019

J.D Rich

With a signature sound that infuses dance-pop music with influences of funk and jazz fusion, songwriter & pianist J.D. Rich (Jared Richardson), gradua...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $12

Jul
31
2019

Kelby MacNayr & Friends All-Star Quintet

Kelby MacNayr & Friends presents an all-star quintet of five of Canada‘s top jazz musicians! Featuring special guests Juno award-winning trumpete...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20/18 VJS, UJam, $12 stud, low income