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. 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 Jazz 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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Oct
21
2019

All Together Now sings Katy Perry's Roar!

All Together Now is a drop-in choir night with Marc Jenkins, director of Victoria's The Choir and The Chorus. NO experience necessary, NO music readin...
7:30pm - 9:30pm doors at 5:30pm $10 at the door - ALL AGES and fully wheelchair accessible

Oct
20
2019

Sunday Brunch Matinee - The 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...
1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $12

Oct
20
2019

THE ART OF THE DUO - VOICE AND PIANO Miranda Sage & Don Thompson

For one night only, in a rare west coast appearance, join Toronto multi-award winner and Order of Canada recipient Don Thompson and Victoria’s eleg...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $20 advance/VJS/UJAM/Students / $25 at the door

Oct
19
2019

Great American Songbook Trio w Louise Rose

Great American Songbook Trio presents the music of renowned composer Richard Rogers! Richard Rogers composed such hit songs as Bewitched, Bothered ...
1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $20/18 VJS, UJam/ kids 12 and under free

Oct
19
2019

The Nick La Riviere Band Alive and Loud Album Release Show

Come party with The Nick La Riviere Band as they celebrate the release of a new album, Alive and Loud! It’s fun, funky, and has a huge sound that c...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $22 (20 UJAM/VJS)

Oct
18
2019

Alive and Loud Album Release Show: Nick La Riviere Band

Come party with The Nick La Riviere Band as they celebrate the release of a new album, Alive and Loud! It’s fun, funky, and has a huge sound that c...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $22 (20 UJAM/VJS)

Oct
17
2019

Mike Allen's Cosmic Hiptet

"Hard-swinging standards and Mike Allen originals played with fire and passion by four of BC's top jazzmen: Mike Allen-sax, Tony Genge-piano, John Lee...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $20-general / $10-students (at the door only)

Oct
16
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 7:00pm $10

Oct
16
2019

The Swiftsure Big Band

Come on down to Hermann's Jazz Club and hear The Swiftsure Big Band perform before the Tom Vickery Trio Jam Session! What a great night of swing jazz!
5:45pm - 7:00pm doors at 5:00pm

Oct
15
2019

Cafe Scientifique

Eventbrite link is forth coming.
6:00pm - 7:00pm doors at 5:00pm

Oct
14
2019

The Island Big Band Plays Classique Big Band Jazz: Jerry Bryant, Carol Jarvie, Camil Bouchard, Tom Vickery, Bryn Badel

An evening of fun family Big Band entertainment featuring 96yr old Jerry Bryant on Vocals. Along with Carol Jarvie on Vocals this 18 piece big band w...
7:30pm - 10:00pm doors at 6:00pm Presented by: VictoriaLiveMusic.com $10.00 Tickets at: Hermann's Jazz Club

Oct
13
2019

Misha Piatigorsky Trio

7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $30/$25 VJS/$15 Students

Oct
13
2019

Sunday Brunch Matinee: The Flying Saucers

Come join us for Sunday Brunch and a great show featuring the Flying Saucers! Hermann's has a new Brunch Menu that is outstanding! This Sunday Series...
1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $12

Oct
12
2019

Emily Braden from New York!

With a brand-new album currently in the works, Emily Braden is electrifying NYC and international audiences alike with her fresh, soulful sound and po...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $30 / $25 VJS & UVic alumni / $15 students

Oct
11
2019

Emily Braden from New York!

With a brand-new album currently in the works, Emily Braden is electrifying NYC and international audiences alike with her fresh, soulful sound and po...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $30 / $25 VJS & UVic alumni / $15 students

Oct
10
2019

UJAM: 5:00-7:00pm Student Jam & 7:30-10:30pm Instrumental/Vocal Jam with mentor Jill Galt

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...
5:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 4:30pm $10/$5 U-Jam Members

Oct
9
2019

Kelby MacNayr SoulTet feat. Miguelito Valdes!

Renowned drummer Kelby MacNayr's SoulTet is dedicated to celebrating old-school Groove + Soul of the 1950's and 60's from featuring Cuban trumpet sens...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $20/18 VJS, UJam, $12 stud, low income

Oct
7
2019

"Pierre Schryer’s Fiddle Connections” - Mini-Concert & Open Trad Music Session

Pierre Schryer’s Fiddle Connections Mini-Concert & Open Trad Music Session First Monday of every Month at Hermann’s Jazz Club! Master fidd...
7:00pm - 10:00pm doors at 6:00pm $12 General/$10 for Session Participants

Oct
6
2019

Elaine Lakeman & Friends: Elaine Lakeman, Lloyd English (guitar), Myles English, Rob Johnson (bass), Dave Emery (drums), Pablo Cardenas, ...

Elaine has a warmth and charm that is ever-present in her musicality and interpretations; she connects with each of her songs at an emotional level th...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $15.00