John William Coltrane, also known as Trane (1926, Hamlet, NC-1967), was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He pioneered the style of free jazz. Besides his expansive solo work, he was a sideman with other artists, including Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. He remains one of the most significant saxophonists in music history. Posthumous, he was recognized with canonization by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane and a special Pulitzer Prize in 2007.