History

Hermann’s Jazz Club began 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 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 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 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.

Many nationally and internationally acclaimed acts have graced our stage over the years. Longtime local bands continue to play at the club, including CanUS, Dixieland Express, the Tom Vickery Trio and local legend/reedman Al Pease . 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 acoustics, 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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Feb
21
2024

Louise Rose | Alone Together

Livestream + In Person
Louise Rose is a living Canadian treasure. She studied classical voice in Pennsy...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
18
2024

Medusa Quartet with Pierre Schryer and Adam Dobres

Livestream + In Person
Medusa would slay at a Hobbit family wedding. Wielding a sound that would turn c...
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM doors at 6:00 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
17
2024

Kelby MacNayr & the Blue Note Repertory All-Stars

Livestream + In Person
Celebrate the music of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers! Featuring Cuban trumpet ...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
16
2024

KSAR

Livestream + In Person
Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies & rhythmic tapestry of KSAR and prep...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
15
2024

A Tribute to Sade

Livestream + In Person
Join us for a night of musical elegance, as we celebrate the timeless allure of...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax
This show has reached our seating capacity. Sold Out

Feb
14
2024

Valentine’s Concert with Club Voltaire

Livestream + In Person
featuring Oliver Swain, Adam Dobres, Richard Moody & Paul Dowd Presented by ...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $35 + fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
13
2024

UVIC Café Scientifique | Will There Be New Dating Apps on a Quantum Computer?

Livestream + In Person
One of the greatest achievements over the past century was the rise of electroni...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM free,

Feb
11
2024

Ryan Oliver Quartet plays the John Coltrane Ballads Album

Livestream + In Person
A tribute to the 1963 romantic jazz album classic. Ryan Oliver- tenor saxopho...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
11
2024

Great American Song Book Trio

Livestream + In Person
Three of the finest interpreters of melody, story and song unite to explore and ...
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM doors at 12:00 PM $20 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
10
2024

Edie Daponte & Friends: From Paris with Love

Following a sold out show in November, join celebrated singer Edie Daponte with ...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $30 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
9
2024

Shanna Dance and Jonnie Bridgman present a New Orleans Mardi Gras Party

Livestream + In Person
Band members: Shanna Dance - Vocals Alexander Ferguson - Vocals Ashley Wey ...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
8
2024

Doug Towle: A night of Fiery Rhumba Flamenco

Livestream + In Person
Combining Salsa, Jazz, Flamenco and Pop, Doug creates a unique musical experienc...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
7
2024

UVic Café Historique | Progress: The History of Technology in Everyday Life

presented by Dr. David Zimmerman The notion of progress has dominated social ch...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM In Person $5 at the door

Feb
4
2024

CanUS Traditional Jazz Matinee

Livestream + In Person
Over the many years we've heard many good comments from audiences about our musi...
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM doors at 12:00 PM $20 + fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
3
2024

Ashley Wey Trio w. guests Kim Greenwood and Diane Pancel

Livestream + In Person
Step into a world of timeless melodies and soulful rhythms with Ashley Wey and h...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
2
2024

The Beautiful Maladies: the music of Tom Waits

Livestream + In Person
The Beautiful Maladies have been bringing the music of Tom Waits to live audienc...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $30 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Feb
1
2024

David Santana: Grant Green Tribute

Livestream + In Person
Join us for an unforgettable evening as we pay homage to the legendary Grant Gre...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Jan
31
2024

U-JAM Club Night - "January Blues"

Join us on Wednesday, January 31st at Hermann's Jazz Club for an evening of mus...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $15.00 non members/ $10 U-JAM members & student
optional dinner special: Dine Around 2024 at Hermann's Jan. 26th to Feb. 11th

Jan
28
2024

The Don Leppard Big Band

Livestream + In Person
A night of swinging big band tunes carrying the tradition of Don Leppard. Victo...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $15 plus fees/tax, walk-ins welcome

Jan
27
2024

The Avram McCagherty Quartet

Livestream + In Person
A Bold and Innovative approach to Traditional Jazz Avram McCagherty- guitar /...
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM doors at 5:30 PM $25 + fees/tax, walk-ins welcome