Personalities | Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1984–present)

Formed in Virginia by virtuoso Ann Rabson (piano, guitar, vocals) and her guitar student Gaye Adegbalola, Saffire burst out internationally in 1990 with the release of their eponymous debut. Andra Faye replaced original bassist Earlene Lewis in 1992. The band has a knack for framing contemporary songs with twists of novelty humour, written from a feminist perspective in traditional acoustic settings reminiscent of Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. Rabson and Adegbalola also have solo careers.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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