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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Sep
15
2021

The Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream + In Person
Tom Vickery, Rob Johnson and Dave Emery are an incredible trio that has so much ...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $15

Sep
14
2021

Cafe Scientifique: What if you could peer inside the human brain? By Olav Krigolson

Livestream + In Person
Recent advances in mobile neuroscience technology allow researchers to scan brai...
6:00pm - 7:00pm doors at 5:00pm FREE

Sep
13
2021

Karel Roessingh plays Orca Suite

Livestream
For the first time ever in concert, Karel plays his Orca Suite album, internatio...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Sep
12
2021

Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Blues Band

FREE. Limited capacity of 75, first come first seated! The Deb Rhymer Blues Ban...
4:00pm - 7:00pm at the door only.

Sep
12
2021

Pro Comedy Night featuring Bobby Warrener

Hosted by Bryan O'Gorman at Hermann's Jazz Bar, Pro Comedy is some crazy awesome...
21:00 - 23:00 doors at 20:00 $20 Presented by: Pro Comedy at Hermann's

Sep
12
2021

GASBT f. Louise Rose

Livestream + In Person
Three of the finest interpreters of melody, story and song unite to explore and ...
1:00pm - 3:00pm doors at 12:00pm $20

Sep
11
2021

Kinga Heming Quartet

Livestream + In Person
Jazz and pop chanteuse Kinga was born in Poland, then moved with her family to A...
7:00pm - 9:00 doors at 5:30pm $17.50

Sep
10
2021

Cherry Bank Hotel f. Danielle Lebeau-Petersen

Livestream + In Person
Cherry Bank Hotel combined their musical talents and great hairdos have made the...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $15

Sep
9
2021

Jeremy Price Jazz Flute Reimagined Vol. 2

Livestream + In Person
Jazz Flute Reimagined Con brio! Jazz Flute with Cuban spices, fire up the skille...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Sep
8
2021

Kelby MacNayr Presents!

Livestream + In Person
Drummer/composer/band-leader Kelby MacNayr performs groundbreaking original musi...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Sep
5
2021

CanUS & Friends

Livestream + In Person
CanUS Jazz Band still going strong after 30 years continues to delight fans with...
1:00pm - 3:00pm doors at 12:00pm $15

Sep
5
2021

Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Blues Band

FREE. Limited capacity of 75, first come first seated! The Deb Rhymer Blues Ban...
4:00pm - 7:00pm at the door only.

Sep
5
2021

Pro Comedy Night featuring Kevin Von Helvete

Hosted by Bryan O'Gorman at Hermann's Jazz Bar, Pro Comedy is some crazy awesome...
21:00 - 23:00 doors at 20:00 $20 Presented by: Pro Comedy @ Hermann's

Sep
5
2021

Kelby MacNayr Presents!

Livestream + In Person
Drummer/composer/band-leader Kelby MacNayr performs groundbreaking original musi...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Sep
4
2021

The Kingpins: Playing A Whole Lot of Swing

Livestream + In Person
The Kingpins are a hard-hitting fun-loving band of veteran musicians and like th...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Sep
3
2021

Paul Pigat & the Smoking Jackets

Livestream + In Person
You'd never think it to look at Paul Pigat, but behind that unassuming grin and ...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $25

Sep
2
2021

Kit Eakle & Nick Peck playing ‘MOSTLY MONK’: Kit Eakle, Nick Peck

Livestream + In Person
Kit Eakle is a veteran jazz violinist. He appeared in Victoria before the pandem...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $15

Sep
1
2021

The Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream + In Person
Tom Vickery, Rob Johnson and Dave Emery are an incredible trio that has so much ...
7:00pm - 9:00pm doors at 5:30pm $15

Aug
29
2021

Sunday Blues Services - Blues Jam Hosted by the Deb Rhymer Blues Band

FREE. Limited capacity of 75, first come first seated! The Deb Rhymer Blues Ban...
4:00pm - 7:00pm at the door only.

Aug
29
2021

Blackstick & Three Generations of Jazz

Livestream + In Person
It's a family affair! BLACKSTICK, with Lloyd Arntzen (clarinet and soprano), Al ...
1:00pm - 3:00pm doors at 12:00pm $15