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Gleneagles is unplugging jazz musicians at new Edinburgh hotel

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It has been one of the most anticipated new arrivals in Edinburgh city center for years.

But the new Gleneagles hotel has already angered some of the country’s leading jazz musicians after plans to have them perform at its restaurant were scrapped and replaced with pre-recorded music.

Artists were furious after weeks of losing bookings at the new Gleneagles Townhouse in St Andrew Square.

However, Gleneagles insists the musicians were only brought in on a “trial run” basis.

The hotel claims the musicians were booked through a “third-party” consultant “to determine suitability and suitability” for the hotel’s restaurant, The Spence, ahead of the official opening earlier this month.

It is believed that some of the leading jazz pianists affected included Fraser Urquhart, Paul Harrison, David Patrick, Brian Kellock, Pete Johnstone, Tom Gibbs and Euan Stevenson.

The musicians are believed to have been offered a payment of £150 for each performance, with bookings agreed for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes through August.

However, the plug is said to have been pulled on the official opening weekend. It is understood the musicians booked for the gig were informed in a WhatsApp message that they had been cancelled.

One musician, who asked not to be named, said: “I am absolutely disgusted at the way we were all treated by the Gleneagles Townhouse team.

“It’s been difficult enough over the past few years with virtually no gigs and no decent income.

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