Mia Margherita, the upscale pizzeria and bar in Bridgeport, has announced the “Mia Jazz Series”, a monthly offering of jazz and blues set to begin on Thursday, August 3. The performances will be in the eatery’s new music listening room – Behind The Bar. Additional nights scheduled for The Mia Jazz Series are September 7, October 20, November 2 and December 7.

“The dates for the Mia Jazz Series are the first Thursday of every month, except for Friday, October 20, when we will be scheduled as part of the Creative Crossroads Weekend planned by the West Virginia Jazz Society,” said Scott Duarte of Mia Margherita. “That should make it easier for our customers to plan for a night of great music and a night we hope will be very special.”

The featured artist for the August 3 show is The Time Flies, a jazz fusion quartet co-led by Dr. Monika Herzig on keyboard, with her husband, Peter Keinle on guitar. Playing bass is Aron Caceres and Josh Roberts will play drums.

“Whether you are a fan of jazz or rock music, or both, The Times Flies will be the band for you,” added Duarte. “Our priority is to present the music in the most accommodating and supportive way we can.”

Herzig is familiar to area music fans as the leader of an all-female jazz sextet, Whole World In Her Hands, that headlined for a sold out show in the Bridgeport Conference Center last April 22. [Note: Herzig’s all-female band now tours as The SHEroes.]

The Time Flies is Herzig’s jazz fusion band, and the dictionary defines jazz fusion (also known as jazz-rock) as a musical genre that developed in the late 1960s when musicians combined aspects of jazz harmony and improvisation with styles such as funk, rock, rhythm and blues, and Latin jazz.

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According to Herzig, her band follows that formal definition fairly closely.

“Fusion means any fusion of various styles. We’re fusing elements of many genres into a unique contemporary mix of original compositions,” explained Herzig in an interview from her office at Indiana University, where she is on faculty. “I think the music fans in West Virginia will enjoy it a lot.”

Mia Margherita is operated by CP Hospitality and is open seven days a week.

Additional stops on the tour in West Virginia are El Gran Sabor in Elkins on August 4 for the 3rd annual Elkins Jazz Walk, and in Clarksburg on Saturday, August 5, in Washington Square, a special co-performance with students from the Glenville State College Jazz Combo sponsored by the West Virginia Jazz Society’s America’s Jazz Crossroads Project.

The Dominion Foundation and the Glenville State College Foundation provide significant support for the America’s Jazz Crossroad Project, which seeks to assist smaller venues and communities in programming live jazz performance.

For additional information about The Time Flies or the schedule for Mia Jazz Series, contact the West Virginia Jazz Society at 304-517-9813 or email to: WVJazzSociety@aol.com. To make reservations for the August 3 show, phone Mia Margherita at 304 808 6400.