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. His family continues to be dedicated to this very special venue.

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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Jun
14
2019

Vancouver Island Dynamite

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8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $12 Advance / $15 Door

Jun
14
2019

Vancouver Island Dynamite

VANCOUVER ISLAND DYNAMITE are back! This fresh five piece high-energy instrumental jazz/funk group have chosen the absolute FUNKIEST TUNES on the plan...
8pm - 11:59pm doors at 6pm $15

Jun
13
2019

5:00-7:00pm Student Jam & 7:30-10:30pm Instrumental/Vocal Jam

Club Nights are held monthly to give singers and instrumentalists, of all experience levels, an opportunity to perform with our house band and learn m...
5pm - 10pm doors at 4:30pm $10/$5 U-Jam Members

Jun
12
2019

Kelby MacNayr SoulTet featuring Miguelito Valdes!

Drummer Kelby MacNayr's All-Start Quartet dedicated to celebrating old-school Groove + Soul from featuring Cuban trumpet sensation Miguelito Valdes (B...
8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20/$18/suggested donation

Jun
11
2019

Best Coast Big Band

BCBB welcomes everyone to Hermann’s Jazz Club June 11- 7-10 pm. Come get your groove on!! The Best Coast Big Band is a recent addition to the Victo...
7:00pm - 10:00pm doors at 5:00pm $15/ $5 Students

Jun
9
2019

Unforgettable - A Tribute to Natalie Cole

**Maria Manna sings Natalie Cole with the Island Big Band at Hermann's Jazz Club** Award-winning International Jazz Vocalist and Producer Maria Manna...
7:00pm - 9:30pm doors at 6:00pm $30

Jun
8
2019

Misha Piatigorsky - From NY City

From New York - Misha Piatigorsky Trio Misha Piatigorsky piano Louis Rudner bass Jose Loria Triay drums
8:00pm - 11:00pm doors at 6:00pm $30/ $25 VJS/ $15 Student

Jun
8
2019

The Great American Songbook Trio f. Louise Rose

1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $20/$18 VJS/$15 Students

Jun
7
2019

Misha Piatigorsky - From NY City

From New York - Misha Piatigorsky Trio Misha Piatigorsky piano Louis Rudner bass Jose Loria Triay drums
8:00pm - 11:00pm doors at 6:00pm $30/ $25 VJS/ $15 Student

Jun
6
2019

Sean Drabitt Quartet Featuring Steve Kaldestad

Sean is back from Seoul, Korea for a short time and is only doing a handful of gigs while back on the west coast. This last year has seen his career r...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20/$15 Students

Jun
5
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 7:30pm $10

Jun
5
2019

Dinner Jazz at the Club: Swiftsure Big Band

Make an evening of it! Swiftsure presents its well-received dinner jazz program from 6-7:30PM. Join the band for sizzle, ballads, blues and nostalgia....
6:00PM - 7:30PM doors at 5:30PM $12 at the door only.

Jun
2
2019

Don Leppard Big Band - A Musical Celebration of Life for John Grindley

Family, friends and musician pals and acquaintances are all invited to a Musical Celebration of the Life of John Grindley to remember John and his lov...
1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm

Jun
1
2019

Calum Graham

8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm

Jun
1
2019

Mike Broadley & the Dixie Boppers

1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $12

Jun
1
2019

Best Coast Big Band

BCBB welcomes everyone to Hermann’s Jazz Club June 11- 7-10 pm. Come get your groove on!! The Best Coast Big Band is a recent addition to the Victo...
7:00pm - 10:00pm doors at 5:00pm $15/ $5 Students at the door only.

May
31
2019

The Mark Lewis Quartet

On tour from Seattle, saxophone and flute master Mark Lewis performs throughout the U.S. to sold out shows and standing ovations, and has been active ...
8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20

May
30
2019

Gord and Olivier Clements Passages! Concert and Live Recording

After 3 years of sold-out shows at Hermann’s and other island jazz venues with the Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker Tribute, Gord and Olivier Clements ...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20/ Student $15

May
29
2019

Night of the Cookers Series presents Groove & Soul Organ Trio f. Dr. Tony Genge w. Special Guest Mike Allen on Tenor Saxophone

The Soul and Groove of the classic Hammond B3 organ trio roars into action in the hands of this all-star trio! Featuring the renowned jazz organist Dr...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20/18 VJS, UJam, $12 stud, low income

May
28
2019

Soul Source with guests The Blue Bosses

Soul Source is an 18 piece community R&B band directed by Nick La Riviere. Come check some great versions of Aretha Franklin, The Surpremes, Sam Cook...
7:00pm - 10:00pm doors at 5:00pm