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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Apr
11
2021

The Great American Songbook Trio

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

Apr
10
2021

Blue Moon Marquee Live

Cancelled Livestream
"Modern Blues doesn't really get any better than this. This is a tremendous sound by a hugely talented duo who have found a way to update an ages old ...
7:00pm - 8:15pm By Donation

Apr
9
2021

The Kingpins - Rhythm & Blues - 74th Birthday Bash

Cancelled Livestream
As Big Hank says, “A bit of SWING-if that’s your thing!” Don’t miss The Kingpins triumphant return to Hermann’s on April 9 celebrating Bi...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Apr
8
2021

High Quadra Ramblers

Cancelled Livestream
The High Quadra Ramblers are Mack Shields on fiddle and vocals and Kaitlin Chamberlin on banjo, vocals and stepdancing: a powerhouse duo keeping the m...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Apr
7
2021

Kelby MacNayr Presents!

Cancelled Livestream
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

Apr
6
2021

Karel Roessingh Presents: Remotely Possible 3

Livestream
The Remotely Possible Quintet, with Nick LaRiviere, Dave Flello, Kelby MacNayr, Joey Smith, and Karel Roessingh play their favourite TV themes from dr...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Apr
3
2021

The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra

Livestream
The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra is a flashy eight-piece band that hits the stage in a frenzy of sound, colour and movement. Led by singer Mari...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Apr
2
2021

Attila Fias Trio: Tribute to Chick Corea

Livestream
Attila Fias pays tribute to one of his heroes - influential pianist, composer and jazz legend Chick Corea, who passed away suddenly in February, shock...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Apr
1
2021

Angela Verbrugge

Livestream
Angela Verbrugge is a jazz vocalist who "possesses a winsome, brightly burnished, pliable voice, ample emotional intelligence, considerable songwritin...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Mar
31
2021

Celebrating Hermann & the Kidney Foundation - a Fundraiser with the Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream
March is Kidney Awareness Month. This month has a special meaning for us - Hermann Nieweler himself was one of the oldest kidney transplant recipients...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Mar
28
2021

Brenda Morie "My Canada"

Livestream
Edmonton born guitarist, flutist, vocalist, Brenda Morie, has toured, recorded and performed with everybody from Nancy Sinatra, to Amos Garrett and w...
7:00pm - 8:30pm By Donation

Mar
28
2021

Al Pease w. the Tom Vickery Trio

Livestream
When Al Pease retired in 1987 after 27 years with the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, the musician looked forward to having some time away from the sta...
1:30pm - 3:00pm By Donation

Mar
27
2021

Dylan Stone: Solo Acoustic

Livestream
Dylan Stone is an honest musician who writes, plays and sings from the heart. He is a restless songwriter who is constantly pursuing new sounds and co...
7:00 pm - 8;30 pm By Donation

Mar
26
2021

Pablo Cardenas & Sara Marreiros Present “Musica Do Brasil”

Livestream
Cuban pianist Pablo Cardenas and Canadian-Portuguese singer Sara Marreiros are back at Hermann’s Jazz Club to perform music from Brazilian composers...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Mar
25
2021

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

Livestream
Award winning roots artist Oliver Swain has been a celebrated musician for years, held in high regard in acoustic and folk music styles for both his a...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Mar
24
2021

Louise Rose Alone Together: Episode 12 “HOLY DOODLE!! WHAT A WONDROUS YEAR IT’S BEEN”

Livestream
Exactly one year ago Louise Rose started Alone Together; a concert series that explored what it means to be alone. "It's one of the most exciting t...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Mar
21
2021

Blackstick w. Special Guest Holly Arntzen

Livestream
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

Mar
20
2021

Lost in the Sixties: David Vest and his Band

Livestream
Maple Blues Award winner David Vest and his band venture into the psychedelic (and romantic) mists of the Sixties (a decade Vest has rarely visited si...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Mar
19
2021

Ryan Oliver

Livestream
Tough toned, Juno-nominated saxophonist Ryan Oliver honed his craft living on Canada’s west coast, as well as Amsterdam, Toronto and New York. He ha...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation

Mar
18
2021

Hans Verhoeven Quartet Tribute Cannonball Adderley f. Graham Shonwise & Jon Challoner

Livestream
Hans Verhoeven and Graham Shonwise pay tribute to the music of the one and only Cannonball Adderley. Grooving, swinging, joyful, and soulful in the ex...
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm By Donation