On April 16, 2007, The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded John Coltrane a posthumous Special Citation award for his contribution to jazz music and his influence.
From the official press release:
... The citation lauds Coltrane for “his masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz.
”The committee said of Coltrane:
“His exalted stature arises from his composition and recordings. In ‘A Love Supreme,’ he produced an imposing composition expressing faith. In ‘Africa/Brass Selections,’ he achieved astonishing orchestral feats. His work has weight, an artistic quest and searching nature. Coltrane infused the existing tradition with innovation and radical approaches. The surface of his music is dynamic and palpable, the underlying structure is suffused with spirituality and provocative political content.”