Daringly innovative, percussionist and educator JoVia Armstrong is a well-traveled musician and a Sabian-endorsed artist. Detroit-bred, she is winner of the 2014 Best Black Female Percussionist of the Year through the Black Women in Jazz Awards. She received the 3Arts Siragusa Foundation Artist Award in 2011 for her work as a Teaching Artist.
JoVia is a member of Chicago soul group, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. She is also a member and writer behind World/Jazz group, Musique Noire. Their debut CD "Good Hair" in 2008 was nominated for three Detroit Music Awards. They recently won the 2015 Best Black Female Jazz Group through Black Women in Jazz Awards. She released her debut album, "Fuzzy Blue Robe Chronicles," in 2009. JoVia has performed with El DeBarge, Rahsaan Patterson, Eric Roberson, Frank McComb, Res, Omar, The Impressions, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, Malian musicians Ballaké Sissoko & Babani Kone, Joe VasConcellos, and Martha Reeves. She is currently writing new compositions for Musique Noire's third album and her own solo album.