History

The root of Hermann’s Jazz Club began on February 25, 1981, at the Bastion Inn on Government St. As the story goes, 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 venue then called the 'Dixieland Inn'.

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 2024 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. On March 18th, 2024 the City of Victoria announced themselves as the new owners of the building in conjunction with the Victoria Music Strategy program. The Arts On View Society welcomes the opportunity to continue with our new landlords at this iconic venue.

Many nationally and internationally acclaimed acts have graced our stage over the years. Longtime local bands from the venues earliest days continue to play at the club, including CanUS with local legend/reedman Al Pease 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. With good acoustics, a relaxed intimate atmosphere, and top notch cuisine, Hermann's Jazz Club continues to be a landmark in the world of modern live performance.



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Jul
20
2024

David Vest

Livestream + In Person
It's another Jump Blues Party with multiple Maple Blues Award winner David Vest ...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jul
19
2024

The Andrew Greenwood Quintet Plays Original Compositions

Livestream + In Person
Featuring: Andrew Greenwood - tenor sax Edwin Sheard - alto sax Tony Genge - ...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, $10 plus fees/tax - students at the door, walk-ins welcome Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jul
18
2024

The Lee Boys

Livestream + In Person
The Lee Boys are one of America’s finest African American sacred steel ensembl...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $35 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Jul
17
2024

Sean Drabitt Quartet

Bassist Sean Drabitt returns from New York for this stellar jazz night. Steve K...
12:00 AM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jul
14
2024

Great American Songbook Trio

Livestream + In Person
Featuring the legendary pianist and vocalist Ms. Louise Rose, bassist Joey Smith...
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM doors at 12:00 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jul
13
2024

Club Voltaire

Livestream + In Person
Performing in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, popular in t...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $30 plus taxes and fees, walk-ins welcome
featuring Oliver Swain, Adam Dobres, Richard Moody & Paul Dowd
Presented by: The Victoria Django Society

Jul
12
2024

Josh Warren/Sarah Stevenson Quintet

Livestream + In Person
Born & raised on Vancouver Island, Josh Warren (Toronto) and 2x Downbeat Award W...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $15 plus fees/tax, $20 plus fees/tax at the door, walk-ins welcome Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jul
11
2024

Cole Ashley Quartet

Livestream + In Person
Returning for the summer from Berklee, Cole brings his quartet for a night of st...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fess/tax, $15 plus fees/tax students at the door, walk-ins welcome Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jul
10
2024

Anise Russow & Friends

Livestream + In Person
Anise Russow is joined by Thomas Andersen (piano), Seth Leupold (bass), Sam Bose...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, Students $15 plus fees/tax at the door, walk-ins welcome Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jul
7
2024

CanUS | Traditional Jazz Matinee

Livestream + In Person
To add to your fun celebrating “Canada Day”, the popular CanUS Jazz Band is...
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM doors at 12:00 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jul
6
2024

Big Hank and the Smokin' Hot Toasters

Livestream + In Person
The Smokin’ Hot Toasters brought a package of impressive playing and singing t...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jul
5
2024

Diana Braithwaite | Chris Whiteley & Band

Friday Night Blues Party! Join internationally-renowned musicians Diana Braithw...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $28 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Diana Braithwaite, Chris Whiteley & Band – featuring - Karel Roessingh - piano, Jack Lavin - bass, and Matt Pease - drums.
Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jul
4
2024

Joan Bessie

Livestream + In Person
Joan Bessie is set to deliver a powerful, intimate performance of her chart-topi...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome
Presented by: Arts On View Society

Jun
29
2024

TD JazzFest ’24 Presents: Scott Hamilton W. Triology

Sold Out -
“Following a Scott Hamilton solo is like listening to a great conversationalis...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $40 plus fees
Tickets are also available at the Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 | 977 Alston St.) (no service charges)

Find ticket packages here: https://jazzvictoria.ca/home/tickets/
Presented by: Victoria Jazz Society

Jun
28
2024

TD JazzFest ’24 Presents: Hilario Duran Trio

“An unparalleled pianist, composer and arranger of the first order.” – Chu...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $40 plus fees
Tickets are also available at the Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 | 977 Alston St.) (no service charges)

Find ticket packages here: https://jazzvictoria.ca/home/tickets/
Presented by: Victoria Jazz Society

Jun
27
2024

TD JazzFest ’24 Presents: Eliana Cuevas & Jeremy Ledbetter

Vocalist Eliana Cuevas and pianist Jeremy Ledbetter are well known in the Canadi...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $32 plus fees
Tickets are also available at the Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 | 977 Alston St.) (no service charges)

Find ticket packages here: https://jazzvictoria.ca/home/tickets/
Presented by: Victoria Jazz Society

Jun
26
2024

TD JazzFest ’24 Presents: Konrad Agnas Quartet

Swedish drummer Konrad Agnas unites collage-like compositions of hip-hop fantasi...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $32 plus fees
Tickets are also available at the Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 | 977 Alston St.) (no service charges)

Find ticket packages here: https://jazzvictoria.ca/home/tickets/
Presented by: Victoria Jazz Society

Jun
25
2024

TD JazzFest ’24 Presents: Bellbird

“If it can be tagged free jazz, it is the most approachable and melodious kind...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $32 plus fees
Tickets are also available at the Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 | 977 Alston St.) (no service charges)

Find ticket packages here: https://jazzvictoria.ca/home/tickets/
Presented by: Victoria Jazz Society

Jun
24
2024

TD JazzFest ’24 Presents: Laura Anglade Quartet

“Laura has studied all the great vocal stylists of the last century. And yet s...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $32 plus fees
Tickets are also available at the Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 | 977 Alston St.) (no service charges)

Find ticket packages here: https://jazzvictoria.ca/home/tickets/
Presented by: Victoria Jazz Society

Jun
22
2024

TD JazzFest ’24 Presents: Audrey Ochoa

“Ochoa seems to approach her artistry the way Dizzy Gillespie did—taking the...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $32 plus fees
Tickets are also available at the Victoria Jazz Society (250-388-4423 | 977 Alston St.) (no service charges)

Find ticket packages here: https://jazzvictoria.ca/home/tickets/
Presented by: Victoria Jazz Society