They are indeed the torchbearers for the original classic uppity blues women like Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace and Victoria Spivey.
From Web Site
On November 7, 2009, Saffire played its final concert. This concert celebrated 25 years of creating and sharing the music we love. We want to thank our fans, media, and our extended family for the love and support over the years. While Saffire, the group, has retired, please note that the individual members (Ann, Andra, & Gaye) will continue performing solo and with other groups.
Saturday, November 27, 2010