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. 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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Sep
20
2019

The Ryan Oliver Quartet's Third Annual Birthday Tribute to John Coltrane:w/special guest Joe Coughlin

Tough toned, Juno-nominated saxophonist Ryan Oliver honed his craft living on Canada’s west coast, and in Amsterdam, Toronto and New York and has pe...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $20/$10 Students

Sep
19
2019

Lorraine Nygaard in Concert: Lorraine Nygaard, singer, Michael Creber, piano, Ken Lister, Bass, Kelby MacNayr, drums

Local songstress Lorraine Nygaard is thrilled to bring together for the first time at Hermann’s: Mr. Michael Creber on piano, Ken Lister on bass, an...
7:30pm - 10:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Sep
18
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 5:30pm $10

Sep
15
2019

DIXIELAND EXPRESS

Come hear the jazz band that started Hermanns Jazz Club rocking on Sunday afternoons all these years ago. It will be with much nostalgia that Norrie ...
1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $12

Sep
14
2019

Juno Award Winning Guitarist Lester Quitzau w. Damian Graham

With understated mastery and grace, the multiple Juno Award winning Lester Quitzau, explores the space between the notes, as much as the notes themsel...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $20/$15 Student

Sep
13
2019

Pablo Cárdenas Plays Bill Evans

Kelby MacNayr drums Rob Johnson bass Special guest Roy Styffe Sax Pablo Cárdenas plays music from one of the best Jazz pianist of all time, Bil...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $25/$15 students

Sep
12
2019

UJAM: Instrumental/Vocal Jam

The U-JAM Society presents their monthly Club Night on the second Thursday of each month at Hermann’s. Each evening features a special guest plus a...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $10/$5 U-Jam Members

Sep
11
2019

Kelby MacNayr presents the music of Horace Silver feat. Miguelito Valdes!

Drummer extraordinaire Kelby MacNayr assembles an all-star quintet to celebrate the soulful and swinging music of legendary pianist and composer Horac...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $20/18 VJS, UJam, $12 stud, low income

Sep
8
2019

The Accordion Project

After popular performances – “a show not to be missed” – at at their home jazz club in Saskatoon, the Accordion Project is pleased to be appe...
7:30pm - 10:00pm doors at 5:30pm $20

Sep
7
2019

Great American Songbook Trio w Louise Rose

The great American songbook trio presents September Song - Songs of Autumn and the Seasons Louise Rose-piano/voice Joey Smith-bass Kelby MacNay...
1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $20/18 VJS, UJam/ kids 12 and under free

Sep
7
2019

The Grand Victorian Opry: Oliver Swain, Ivonne Hernandez, Jenny Lester, Jesse Cobb, Bella White, High Quadra Ramblers

In the Grand style of the Ole Opry comes a night of Bluegrass, Americana and Country music from some of BC and Alberta's finest purveyors of all thing...
8pm - 11pm doors at 6pm Presented by: Oliver Swain $20

Sep
6
2019

David Vest: Reconsider, Baby (Elvis and His Music)

This is a show about Elvis the music lover. Before he made his first recordings (as a teenager), he already possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of the...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $25

Sep
5
2019

Gabriel Palatchi Trio (ARG)

Join Argentinian pianist and composer Gabriel Palatchi, for an eclectic musical journey with his original blend of cultures such as latin jazz, tango,...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 5:30pm $20/18 VJS, UJam, $12 stud, low income

Sep
4
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 5:30pm $10

Aug
31
2019

Mike Broadley's Going Away Party! With The Dixie Boppers

Mike Broadley: A career musician with Canadian Forces Bands since he was nineteen years old. Over those thirty-plus years he has come to be regarded a...
1:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12:30pm $12

Aug
31
2019

The West Coast Cuban Orchestra Presents Club Havana!

Club Havana is an event created to bring Cuban culture to Victoria and making people to feel the vibe of Havana streets. A journey back to the roots o...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $25/$15 students

Aug
30
2019

Dance the Weekend Away w. The Funky Lowdown

Musicians include: Kelly Fawcett - Guitar/Vocals Pablo Cardenas - Piano OZ- Saxophone Peter Dowse - Bass Matt Pease - Drums
8:00pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $20

Aug
29
2019

Son of Dave

Son of Dave is a Bluesman. Not traditional, but has begun a new tradition perhaps. Playing harmonica, layering up beatbox grooves, stomping and playin...
7:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:00pm $15