was recognised early
started to make music at a very early age. By the age of 12, she
was already listening to famous jazz singers Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn
and Ella Fitzgerald, while dreaming of a career as a singer herself.
was inspired by her father Joop Beerta, who was a successful composer
and singer/guitar player. Her wish came true earlier than expected
when, at age 15, she was asked to perform with a large orchestra
at a party in her father's restaurant.
important directors (Gerrit den Braber and Pierre Tania) were not
only present but also very impressed with the young girl. They invited
Diana to perform in several TV shows (Nieuwe Oogst and Rooster)
and radio shows.
After performing on TV and radio, Diana went on to play at national
and international jazz festivals - first as a singer with a big
band, later as a singer/piano player with a combo.
the meantime, Diana got married, had two children and divorced after
5 years of marriage. In 1979, she met Cees Swart, whom she married
and who became her manager as well.
her first album
She recorded a single and a live album, Live at the Kurhaus
(by Dureco), and hooked up with three very talented musicians, Wilburt
Little, Eddie Conard, and Richard Johnson.
played at the Rolls Club in Scheveningen and people came there from
all especially to enjoy their performance.
with the Dutch Swing College Band, Diana played on cruises to Norway,
organised by the famous Lou van Rees.
Establishing her name in the jazz scene
Diana was asked to perform at many high society events. For instance,
she played for the Dutch Consul General in Finland, Mr van der Vlugt,
and even members of the Dutch royal family: Princess Margriet and
her husband Mr Pieter van Vollenhoven.
1983, Diana opened her own jazzclub in Scheveningen, the North Sea
Club, which was a popular hangout for fellow musicians and jazz
few years later, Diana and her husband started a hotel. On Sundays
there were live sessions, during which many well-known artists and
new talents performed. The atmosphere during these musical sessions
was always fantastic.
the late nineteen eighties, Diana recorded her second album, Diana
Meets Friends. She continued her live performances, inluding
ones at the Doelen in Rotterdam, and at the Jazzfest in The Hague.
international & name change
In 1991, Diana moved to Florida and played with a number of established
artists such as Dan Brubeck (son of Dave Brubeck) and Lonnie Smith.
She played in the Fort Lauderdale jazz scene and in Bourbon Street
in Boca Raton.
It was in Florida where Diana decided to change her stage name from Diana Beerta to Diana Burta, to make the name easier to understand and pronounce for English speaking audiences.
in Europe, Diana went to the UK in 1994 to record her third album,
s' Wonderful, in the Jacobs Studios. Several more television
appearances then followed (the 5 uur show, Koffietijd, and
2000, Diana recorded a maxi single titled, As Time Goes By,
as a tribute to the new millennium. Over the years, she has played
in clubs and at events in various countries, including the UK, the
US, Germany, Belgium and France.
Diana still continues to do what
she loves: entertaining people and working with talented musicians
to make every performance a dazzling experience.