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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Jun
13
2021

The Great American Songbook Trio

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Three of the finest interpreters of melody, story and song unite to explore and celebrate the limitless possibilities The Great American Songbook. ...
1:30pm - 3:00pm By Donation

Jun
12
2021

West My Friend

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In the modern musical landscape, it’s rare to hear something as put-together as three-piece Cascadian folk outfit West My Friend - something so laye...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Jun
11
2021

The Beautiful Maladies perform the music of Tom Waits

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The title says it all! Amazing musicians playing the amazing music of Tom Waits! Brooke Maxwell - Piano/Pump Organ/Tenor Sax/Percussion/Vocals Aar...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Jun
10
2021

Maria Manna Presents Jazz & Gospel Music

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Sit back and relax and enjoy some jazz and gospel music to soothe your soul. No better way to spend an evening. As a vocalist and recording artist,...
7:00pm - 9:30pm By Donation

Jun
9
2021

The Tom Vickery Trio

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Tom Vickery, Rob Johnson and Dave Emery are an incredible trio that has so much fun! Straight ahead jazz, and a Victoria classic, Tom Vickery is one o...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Jun
8
2021

Kelby MacNayr & Joey Smith w. Karel Roessingh

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Karel Roessingh, Joey Smith, and Kelby MacNayr do a Jamkazam session from their homes to bring you their faves from gigs over many years of playing ...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Jun
6
2021

CanUS and Friends

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Breaking News! CanUS and Friends is able to expand and include that jolly, energetic drummer, Damian Graham, who will help in keeping the New Orleans ...
1;30 pm - 3:00 pm By Donation

Jun
5
2021

Wes Carroll Confabulation

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The future of Jazz is here! Featuring Owen Chow on trumpet, Cyril Lojda on drums, Phill Albert playing bass and Wes Carroll on guitar/vocals. The We...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Jun
4
2021

Ryan Oliver Quartet with the Emily Carr String Quartet

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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...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Jun
3
2021

The Brandy Moore Quartet

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Brandy Moore, originally from the Okanagan Valley, moved to the west coast at age 17, studied music at Capilano College, and spent the next 10 years p...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Jun
2
2021

Kelby MacNayr Presents!

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Drummer / composer / band-leader Kelby MacNayr performs groundbreaking original music, soulful swinging jazz, reaching contemporary music and traditio...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

May
30
2021

Blackstick

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Classics from the Golden Age of Jazz, including the songs of Bessie Smith and Alberta Hunter. You can donate directly to the musicians and this ven...
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm By Donation

May
29
2021

Paul Black Trio

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International recording artist Paul Black has been a force on the blues scene for over 2 decades. The tall, bushy-bearded Black’s influences range f...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

May
28
2021

Kelly Fawcett & The Funky Lowdown

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Kelly Fawcett is a powerful, soulful singer and a heavy grooving guitar player. Original from the East Coast, Kelly cut his teeth playing blues, RnB a...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

May
27
2021

Oliver Swain presents Hermann's Hot Club w. Club Voltaire

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OLIVER SWAIN Award winning roots artist Oliver Swain Has as been a celebrated musician for years, held in high regard in acoustic and folk music st...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

May
26
2021

The Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream
Tom Vickery, Rob Johnson and Dave Emery are an incredible trio that has so much fun! Straight ahead jazz, and a Victoria classic, Tom Vickery is one o...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

May
25
2021

Three Community Band Charity Power Hour

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When the pandemic first came along, community bands had no way they could continue making music….. or did they? Actually - they did!! Under the lead...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

May
23
2021

The Capital City Syncopators

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This upbeat quartet consistently endears itself to audiences with its fresh take on the prohibition-era novelty dance band songs. Tuba, trumpet and t...
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm By Donation

May
22
2021

Kim Greenwood Quartet ~ Fabulous Favourites

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Chanteause Kim Greenwood is thrilled to be back at Hermann's and will be showcasing some of the most beloved tunes from her shows over the past few ye...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

May
21
2021

Pablo Cardenas presents Honoring Bill Evans

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One of the finest Cuban pianists of his generation, Pablo Cárdenas moved to Canada in 2010 and has wowed with his charismatic mix of jazz, fusion, an...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation