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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May
24
2019

Pablo Cardenas Trio Jazzes up Classical

Pablo Cardenas Trio brings classical pieces to Jazz style, music by Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Satie, Shubert and more. Peter Dowse bass Kelby MacNa...
8 - 11 doors at 6

May
23
2019

Ashley Wey

5:00-7:00pm Student Jam 7:30-10:30pm Instrumental/Vocal Jam with Mentor Ashley Wey w. the Music Of Gershwin Club Nights are held monthly to giv...
5pm - 10pm doors at 4:30pm Presented by: Universal Jazz Advocates & Mentors (U-JAM) Society $10/$5 U-Jam Members

May
22
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

May
22
2019

A Student Showcase

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5:00pm - 7:00pm doors at 4:30pm $8

May
18
2019

Paul Pigat and the Smoking Jackets

8pm - 11pm doors at 6pm $20 / $15 Students

May
18
2019

Saturday CanUS Dixieland Matinee: Special Guest: Jim Armstrong

On May 18, our very special former and original CanUS founding member, Jim Armstrong playing trumpet will join Toni,piano, Don, drums, Tom Buhman, ba...
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm doors at 12:30 pm Presented by: Hermann's Jazz Club $12.00 at the door only.

May
17
2019

Paul Pigat and the Smoking Jackets

8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20/$15 Students

May
16
2019

Brandy Moore & the Nightcaps

Brandy Moore & the Nightcaps Fuelled by an abiding passion for classic R&B, Brandy Moore & the Nightcaps is a 5 piece band of seasoned musicians pl...
7:30pm - 11pm doors at 6pm $15 / $12

May
15
2019

Kelby MacNayr & Friends Presents Ahmad Jamal's Live at the Pershing Record and MORE!

Kelby MacNayr & Friends present the music of the Ahmad Jamal's Live at the Pershing Record and MORE! The legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal influenced a g...
7:30pm - 10:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20/18 VJS, UJam, $12 stud, low income

May
12
2019

Attila Fias Trio

This Mother'Day have an enjoyable evening out - join Toronto pianist and composer Attila Fias and his Trio for a wonderful concert of world-jazz, payi...
7:00 - 10:00 doors at 5:30 $20 Regular/ $18 VJS/ $15 Students

May
11
2019

What a Difference a Day Makes - Maureen Washington

Multi award winning Canadian Jazz and Soul artist Maureen Washington, with: Barry Sorensen - sax Karel Roessingh - keys Damian Graham - drums Joey...
8 - 11 doors at 6 25/$30 at the door

May
11
2019

The Great American Songbook plays "Songs my Mother Taught Me" f. Louise Rose

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of music celebrating Mother's Day! An all-request show featuring songs inspired by mothers. Bring your requests, a...
1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $20/$18 VJS/$15 Students

May
10
2019

The Ashley Wey Trio F. Louis Rudner and Graham Villette

Victoria’s pianist Ashley Wey celebrates the beauty of modern jazz with passion and improvisational joy, bringing the standards freshly back to life...
8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20/ VJS $18/ student $15

May
9
2019

Dixie Sweethearts

Come enjoy an evening of traditional riverboat jazz with your favorite musicians and support this iconic club while you’re at it. The Sweethearts ...
730pm - 1030pm doors at 6 $12

May
8
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

May
8
2019

Oak Bay High - Jazz Wave & Jazz a Latte presented by Tina Horwood

This enthusiastic ensemble of singers is Oak Bay Secondary School’s “Jazz Wave”. They are an auditioned senior vocal jazz group made up of stud...
5:00PM - 7:30pm doors at 4:30pm By Donation

May
4
2019

Chris Whitely and Diana Braithwaite

Jazz & Blues with Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley and Band. Soulful classic jazz songs and the best of the blues are on the menu with an entert...
8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20

May
4
2019

DIXIELAND EXPRESS

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

May
3
2019

JOHN LEE TRIO ft. JON CHALLONER

JOHN LEE TRIO presents a concert at Hermann's Jazz Club with special guest from NYC Jon Challoner on the trumpet. Drawing repertoire influence from th...
8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $25.00/$20.00 VJS/$15.00 Students

May
2
2019

Ryan Oliver Quartet plays the Music of Dexter Gordon With a special opening set by the CCCS Jazz Band

Ryan Oliver saxophone, Ryan Tandy bass, Ken Lister bass, Tony Genge piano, Kelby MacNayr drums.
730 - 1030 doors at 6 $15/$10 students