David Piltch

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David Piltch
Born (1960-01-29) January 29, 1960 (age 58)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Years active 1978–present
Associated acts k.d. lang, Joe Henry, Holly Cole

David Piltch (born January 29, 1960) is a Canadian bassist and session musician.


Piltch grew up in an artistic family.His father Bernie Piltch was a noted studio and stage saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist in Toronto from the late ‘40s to the early ‘80s. His older brother Rob is a recording guitarist, and his sister Susan is a flutist and pianist.[1]

Beginning at age 17, Piltch supported jazz musicians performing at Toronto's Bourbon Street club, including Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, and Mose Allison. He also accompanied his brother or father at recording sessions and gigs.

In 1979, Piltch recorded and toured with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

In 1983, Piltch formed the trio Strangeness Beauty with Ron Allen (saxophone) and Mike Sloski (drums). Before Piltch left the trio in 1983, they recorded one album: Back to Nowhere.[2]

In the 1980s, Piltch toured and/or recorded with Mary Margaret O'Hara, Holly Cole, and k.d. lang.[2]

Piltch moved to southern California in 1993 to participate in more projects.

Piltch has written songs with k.d. Lang, and has produced recordings for Michael Kaeshammer and Emily Saxe.

In 2008, Piltch released the album Minister of the Interior, with guest artists k.d. lang, Bill Frisell, Petra Haden, Holly Cole, and Perla Batalla.[3]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1997: Piltch & Davis (Alert) with Aaron Davis
  • 2008: Minister of the Interior (Household Ink)
  • 2014: Music from the Front Room (Sticky Mack) with Larry Goldings and Jay Bellerose

As a member of Strangeness Beauty[edit]

  • 1982: Back to Nowhere (C-Note 821040)

As a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears[edit]

With Holly Cole[edit]

With Joe Henry[edit]

With k.d. lang[edit]

As sideman[edit]

1988 - 2005[edit]

2006 - 2009[edit]

2010 - 2014[edit]

2015 - present[edit]


  1. ^ "David Piltch: Biography". Canadian Jazz Archive. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "David Piltch". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "david piltch". Household Ink. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 

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