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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Dec
7
2019

New Orleans Christmas Show (Eventbrite) f.: Shanna Dance, Jonnie Bridgeman

*To make your Dinner Reservation after purchasing your tickets please email info@hermannsjazz.com Vocalist Shanna Dance and Saxophonist Jonnie Brid...
7:30pm - 10:30 pm doors at 5:30pm $25

Dec
6
2019

Pretzel Logic Orchestra

The Pretzel Logic Orchestra - playing the music of Steely Dan The Pretzel Logic Orchestra is Canada's live tribute to Steely Dan and a labour of lo...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $25 at the door only.

Dec
6
2019

Fundraiser at Hermann's Upstairs: Blue Moon Marquee

This concert will take place at Hermann's Upstairs (751 View St.), located above Hermann's Jazz Club. Tickets on sale now! BLUE MOON MARQUEE FUN...
9:30PM - 11:30PM doors at 8:30PM Presented by: Victoria Jazz Society $19 advance | $22 at the door (service charges may apply) Tickets at: Victoria Jazz Society, McPherson Box Office

Dec
5
2019

Diane Pancel's Christmas Show

Diane Pancel is an artist who knows how to connect with her audience. She draws inspiration from her Portuguese background giving her music a strong s...
7:30pm - 10:30 pm doors at 5:30pm $25

Dec
4
2019

Hermann's Jazz Jam: 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

Dec
4
2019

STUDENT JAM SESSION

We have started a student jam before the Tom Vickery Trio every other Wednesday! We are excited to invite ANYONE who wants to come a play, UJAM Young...
5:30pm - 7:30pm doors at 5:00pm By Donation

Dec
3
2019

Cafe Historique - Conspiratorial Politics in Tudor and Stuart England

The “Whig Theory of History” popularised by such 19thc British historians as T.B. Macaulay (a “Whig”, or Liberal, MP) celebrated the gradual e...
6:00pm - 7:00pm doors at 5:00pm free

Dec
2
2019

Mini-Concert & Open Trad Music Session: Fiddle Connections: Pierre Schryer, Patrick Boyle (Guest)

Pierre Schryer’s Fiddle Connections F. Patrick Boyle! Mini-Concert & Open Trad Music Session First Monday of every Month at Hermann’s Jazz Clu...
7:00pm - 10:30 pm doors at 6:00pm $12 General/$10 for Session Participants

Dec
1
2019

Sunday Brunch Matinee w. Kristina Helene & Thomas Kinzel

Kristina is a Calgary born singer/songwriter. She wrote her first song at the age of eight and recorded for her first time in a little garage four yea...
1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $15

Nov
30
2019

The Music of Tom Waits: The Beautiful Maladies

Brooke Maxwell - Piano/Pump Organ/Tenor Sax/Percussion/Vocals Aaron Watson - Guitar/Accordion/Harmonica/Saw/Bass Clarinet/Vocals Kelly Fawcett - Gui...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $25

Nov
29
2019

“Afro-Cuban Portrait”: Pablo Cardenas

“Afro-Cuban Portrait” is a show to dedicated to Afro-Cuban music, the most African side of Cuba, the rhythms that born from the Yoruba religion, P...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $25/$15 Students/Jazz Society

Nov
28
2019

Classic but Playful.: Heather Ferguson

Heather Ferguson’s beautiful expressive voice and warm delivery makes you feel loved! Join Heather, with friends Jan Stirling, Joey Smith, and Damia...
730pm - 930pm doors at 530 $20

Nov
27
2019

Hermann's Jazz Jam: 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 5:30pm $10

Nov
27
2019

Early Show!: 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

Nov
26
2019

Soul Source

Soul Source is a 20 piece R&B band directed by Nick La Riviere. Playing everything from Marvin Gaye to Bruno Mars to Aretha Franklin. It’s a lot o...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm By donation to the Living Edge

Nov
25
2019

Charity Fundraiser: For The Rainbow Kitchen: The Blue Bosses, Jive Big Band

Make a difference in your community by coming out to enjoy some great music. The Blue Bosses (jazz combo) and Jive (big band) are teaming up once aga...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm By donation to the Rainbow Kitchen

Nov
23
2019

Paul Pigat (and the Smoking Jackets)

Paul Pigat started playing the guitar at 11 years of age and was gigging steadily in downtown Toronto by the time he was 12. As well as headlining his...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $25/$20 Student

Nov
23
2019

The music of Duke Ellington: Great American Songbook Trio, Louise Rose

Three of the West Coast's top jazz musicians celebrate and explore the vast resource of emotion, story and melody that is the Great American Songbook....
1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $20/18 VJS, UJam/ kids 12 and under free

Nov
22
2019

Paul Pigat (and the Smoking Jackets)

Paul Pigat started playing the guitar at 11 years of age and was gigging steadily in downtown Toronto by the time he was 12. As well as headlining his...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $25/$20 Student

Nov
21
2019

THE ART OF TRIO: John Lee

John Lee - PIANO Brock Meades - BASS Ethan Olynyk - DRUMS Multi-instrumentalist JOHN LEE presents a concert featuring a vast repertoire of compos...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $20/$18 VJS/$15 Students