With the loss of life of their sister Natalie Cole on New 12 months’s Eve 2015, twins Timolin and Casey Cole, 57, have inherited the accountability of carrying on the legacy of their father Nat King Cole, the legendary jazz singer and pianist.
“We assume the authority of honoring and preserving our father and the remainder of the Cole household legacy,” Timolin instructed PEOPLE Sunday at The Breakers Palm Seaside throughout a Nat King Cole Technology Hope occasion to rejoice what would have been their father’s 100th birthday on March 17.
“We all know mother and pa and our siblings are cheering us on. They’re the angels guiding and inspiring us to proceed increasing entry to high quality music by serving to faculty kids with the best want and fewest assets.”
Nat’s brother Freddy Cole, 87, who was nominated for a Grammy Award earlier this yr for finest jazz vocal album, entertained friends along with his lyrical storytelling and his musical trio.
Nat, who died in 1965 of lung most cancers at age 45, was one of the standard and proficient recording and live performance artists in American historical past. In honor of the landmark birthday, two new collections of his music had been launched on Friday, March 15 — Final Nat King Cole and the restricted version Worldwide Nat King Cole.
Timolin and Casey, who dwell in Boca Raton, Florida, unfold their father’s legacy by funding musical instrument instruction, music composition and songwriting in addition to technical experience within the recording arts. Donations to Technology Hope have exceeded $1.5 million and have helped greater than 34,000 kids across the nation.
“Our dad was a sort and beneficiant man who individuals known as the ‘light big,’” says Timolin of the famous person, who turned out almost 700 hits for Capitol Data.
“We’re so proud that he touched the soul along with his voice and was a quiet chief within the arts. He all the time stated, ‘I could possibly deliver concord amongst individuals with my music.’ We need to proceed that dream in a time after we actually need it.”
The twins simply returned from Los Angeles the place Lights Out: Nat King Cole, an avant garde, bio-musical set throughout the filming of the ultimate tv episode of The Nat King Cole Present, is being carried out at The Geffen Playhouse Theater.
The musical, starring Dulé Hill and cowritten by Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor, illustrates the racism that happened off digital camera and the turmoil that Cole endured as the primary African-American host of a TV selection present.
“Casey and I had been mesmerized watching Lights Out,” says Timolin. “It captures the essence of our dad, a facet that most individuals haven’t seen earlier than. They may observe the inside battle and anguish that he suffered within the tradition of that point.”
The twins know that their household’s skills have to be shared with new generations to allow them to benefit from the music that tens of millions have liked and revered through the years.
“The music, spirit and the way in which our father and Natalie made individuals really feel after they listened to them sing shall be alive perpetually,” Casey tells PEOPLE. “Our household historical past is one in all musical excellence and charitable giving. We’re ensuring that legacy lives on.”